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Latest updates from the campaign: It is official. I am on the ballot as of 11 August 2016!

Any help is appreciated. You can donate, volunteer time campaigning with me personally or even help me campaign on social media from your mobile device! Please contact me directly to get involved and make a difference in Irvine!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 11:45 AM

Thanking Congressman Lou Correa for supporting our Soldiers

With congressman Lou Correa, thanking him for helping to fix the discharge of four Soldiers that were wrongfully discharged when I was their Commander.

After all these years my Soldiers will finally see justice!

-Mark Newgent
#usarmy #veteran #irvine #congress #justice #orangecounty#marknewgent

Saturday, November 11, 2017 12:25 PM

At the Irvine Veteran’s day ceremony

With the US Marine Color Guard

With Irvine Council Member Melissa Fox, Irvine Mayor Donald Wagner, Irvine City Council Member Christina Shea and our local Boy Scouts at Bill Barber Park.

-Mark Newgent

#marknewgent #irvine #iusd #veteransday #usarmy

Saturday, November 4, 2017 12:15 PM

Getting a tour today with my son's Cub Scout pack of a fire station from our local Fire Fighters.

-Mark Newgent
#marknewgent #irvine #ocfa #fighterfighter #iusd

Friday, October 27, 2017 12:08 PM

OC Veterans Cemetery Dedicated at Irvine Strawberry Fields

Proud to support the new Veteran's Cemetery in Orange County. As a US Army Veteran I was honored to be selected to raise the US Flag at the dedication ceremony.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 10:16 PM

New Veterans Cemetery Land Transfer Approved

It passed 3-2; vote to authorize to transfer 125 acres to CalVet to create a new veteran's cemetery in Irvine. Wagner, Shea Fox for and Lalloway and Schott opposing.

Stay tuned for details on the ground breaking.

-Mark Newgent
#irvine #veterancemetery #orangecounty #veteran #cemetery

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 2:07 PM

Lunch with US Congressman Lou Correa talking about veterans issues.

Never before have I heard a congressman directly say that he will go with a veteran in person to the VA to help. Wow!!!

Congressman Lou Correa also promised to help me fix the discharges of four Soldiers that were wrongfully discharged under my Command. I am really looking forward to the day the injustice to my Soldiers will be fixed.


-Mark Newgent
#marknewgent #orangecounty #irvine #iusd #usarmy #veteran#congress

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 6:37 PM

With State Assemblyman DR. Steven Choi to speak about hiring more veterans in our company.

Every time I get the chance to meet with our elected leaders I get a renewed faith and confidence in our government and am so proud of all that we have done as a country.

-Mark Newgent
#marknewgent #irvine #orangecounty #veteran #hiring #stateassembly#stevenchoi

Monday, June 19, 2017 8:09 PM

With U.S. Congressman Lou Correa speaking about veterans issues.

I will be meeting several other local elected leaders in the near future to find out how we can get more veterans jobs in Orange County.

My company is hiring, please send resumes to

-Mark Newgent
#congress #winning #marknewgent #irvine #orangecounty #veteran

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 3:13 PM

Irvine Veterans Cemetery-City Council Decision Debrief

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 12:25 PM

Veterans’ cemetery will be near 5/405 interchange after Irvine votes to swap Great Park land for strawberry fields

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 12:39 AM

Veterans Cemetery will be at the Strawberry Fields Location

The vote is in. Irvine City Council voted 3/2 to make the location of the new veterans cemetery at the "Strawberry Fields" location.

This is historic and I am honored to be a part of it. 

Now we need to start planning the groundbreaking ceremony

Monday, June 5, 2017 1:50 PM

Talking about the Veterans Cemetery with Farrah Kahn

-Mark Newgent
#marknewgent #farrahkahn #irvine #veterans #cemetery #iusd #memorial

Sunday, June 4, 2017 9:56 PM

At the proposed Strawberry Fields veterans cemetery with Gang Chen.

At the proposed "Strawberry Fields" veterans cemetery with Gang Chen.

Share video to get Gang Chen to sing. (Gary Chen)

-Mark Newgent

#marknewgent #gangchen #irvine #veterans #cemetery #iusd #memorial

Sunday, June 4, 2017 2:36 PM

Tour of the Veteran's Cemetery Proposed site at the Strawberry Fields


Tuesday, May 30, 2017 7:29 PM

Irvine Veteran's Cemetery Location

I have been asked many times about my position on the proposed veterans cemetery locations...

I have done my due diligence and research. I stand with my fellow veterans and fully endorse the site at the Strawberry Fields.

Please stand with me and contact Irvine City Council and tell them you support the veterans cemetery at Strawberry Fields location.

In addition to emailing the city council feel free to comment, three of the City Council Members are tagged in this post.

Irvine City Council contact:

Mayor Don Wagner:

Council Member Lynn Schott:

Council Member Melissa Fox:

Council Member Jeff Lalloway:

Council Member Christina Shea:

-Mark Newgent
#marknewgent #irvine #veterans #cemetery #orangecounty #veteranscemetery #usarmy #usmilitary #california #iusd

Monday, May 29, 2017 6:59 PM

Irvine Memorial Day ceremony.

Always remember our fallen.

-Mark Newgent

#irvine #veterans #marknewgent #iusd #memorial #memorialday#orangecounty

With our guest speaker Marine Battalion Commander LTC Eldridge.With Mayor Don Wagner and Tanya.With Irvine Councilwoman Melissa Fox.RIP SSG Matthew Thompson

Sunday, May 28, 2017 6:49 PM

Northwood Memorial Ceremony

Never forgotten SFC Callahan and PFC Mason. Two names I was able to find easily of two soldiers I served with who died too young. I wish I had more time at the Memorial to research more friends that were lost.

Looking back at my life the past 20 years in the US Army seems surreal. It was good to see how much this memorial helps the community as well as myself. There wasn't a dry eye in the audience even my teenage daughter was moved. She hugged me and told me she was so happy am I alive when she learned about the many sacrifices our US Military and their families.

I hope the Irvine City Council can hurry up and get the veterans cemetery approved and start building it. Whatever site is chosen, please just get it done.

If you are a veteran or support the veterans and would like to help, contact me for more information.

-Mark Newgent
#usarmy #marknewgent #captain #memorialday #irvine #orangecounty

Friday, May 26, 2017 8:52 PM

IUSD Parents Speak Against Non-Age Appropriate Sex Education designed by Planned Parenthood.

Thursday, May 25, 2017 9:08 PM

Congratulations to Assemblyman Steven Choi on the opening of your new District Office in the City of Irvine.

#AD68 #marknewgent #irvine #iusd #orangecounty #openhouse#stateassembly #california

Saturday, May 13, 2017 7:28 PM

Assemblyman Steven Choi

Meeting Assemblyman Steven Choi today at the Irvine Korean Cultural Festival.


-Mark Newgent
#irvine #iusd #marknewgent #stateassembly #cityhall #koreanfestival#korea

Thursday, May 11, 2017 6:32 AM

Cub Scout Tour of City Council Chamber with Council Member Melissa Fox

Sunday, April 30, 2017 6:05 PM

With fellow PTA parent and LAUSD advocate Marian Thomas.

Marian is a very brave and strong person who is not afraid to stand up for what is right. Just after she spoke at the advocate workshop I had to meet her and take a photo. I am so glad I had the chance connect with her.

I asked her if she would be willing to go on facebook live and talk about LAUSD. She was excited about it, hopefully we can make the live interview happen.


-Mark Newgent
#iusd #marknewgent #election #winning #irvine #pta #ptsa #convention#california #sanjose #fourthdistrict #4thdistrict #lausd

Sunday, April 30, 2017 6:02 PM

4th District (OC) PTA with speaker Justin Wolfe at the 118th Annual California State Convention.


-Mark Newgent
#iusd #marknewgent #election #winning #irvine#pta #ptsa #convention #california #sanjose #fourthdistrict #4thdistrict

Friday, April 28, 2017 4:00 PM

With fellow PTA fathers at the California State PTA convention

With fellow PTA fathers at the California State PTA convention

-Mark Newgent
#iusd #marknewgen #election #winning #irvine #pta #ptsa #convention #california #sanjose #fourthdistrict #4thdistrict

Friday, April 28, 2017 11:32 AM

118th California PTA Convention General Meeting

118th California PTA Convention General Meeting


-Mark Newgent
#iusd #marknewgent #election #winning #irvine #pta #ptsa#convention #california #sanjose #fourthdistrict #4thdistrict

Friday, April 28, 2017 11:20 AM

118th California PTA Convention General Meeting Video

118th California PTA Convention kick off (click for video)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 5:49 PM

Election Update

I have been elected to V. President of JTMS PTSA today. 

One election down and ___ to go.

This weekend we are going to the California State PTA convention please follow to see updates and live streams of the events. 

-Mark Newgent
#iusd #marknewgent #election #winning #irvine #pta #ptsa #convention #california #sanjose

Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:55 PM

Veterans Business Networking Dinner

At the Veterans Business Network dinner with Senator Josh Newman along with motivational speaker and Special Forces Soldier Larry Broughton.

-Mark Newgent
#marknewgent #irvine #iusd #veteran #usarmy #vbn #neworking #business #usmilitary #veteranbusiness

Monday, April 10, 2017 11:46 AM

BREAKING NEWS: [UPDATES] Shooting Reported At Elementary School San Bernardino – Multiple Victims Reported

Another bad day... shooting at San Bernardino Elementary School...

Please stay vigilant and watch out for your kids.

This is just the initial report, more to follow.

-Mark Newgent
#marknewgent #safety #irvine #iusd

Thursday, March 23, 2017 1:34 PM

Spring Break

Hi friends and family

I haven't posted many live videos recently because I have been planning a special educational trip and family reunion for my kids during spring break.

Please join us via Facebook for a trip full of adventure and intrigue as we explore the country of Thailand.

We will take you along to taste Thai cuisine on the streets of Bangkok, shop at local markets, ride elephants, explore the jungle of Thailand and lounge on pristine beaches. Please tune in starting 27 March 2017.

Facebook link

-Mark Newgent
#marknewgent #irvine #iusd #iusd #education #orangecounty #thailand #realestate #vacation #school #family #reunion #goodtimes


Monday, March 20, 2017 2:55 PM

Irvine Co. proposes 1,960 apartments along Sand Canyon Avenue in Irvine

A friend texted me this morning letting me know I made the paper again.

A win for democracy when citizens have their voice heard!

-Mark Newgent
#marknewgent irvine #orangecounty #iusd #school #overcroding #politics #school #realestate

Monday, March 20, 2017 2:43 PM

Speaking at Irvine City Council, Proposed Rental Project

Just now speaking at Irvine City Council about the proposed 1,9600 unit rental project proposed by The Irvine Company.
My son is going on his THIRD year in a row on a waiting list to go to Woodbury Elementary which is right next to our home. Maybe we should wait until we have built enough schools before we build more apartments?

What do you guys think? Should we build 1,960 more apartments?

The City Council will be voting to move the project forward shortly. Whatever happens please support our City Council they are doing the best they can and really trying hard to do what is best for Irvine.

-Mark Newgent
#marknewgent #irvine #orangecounty #iusd #school #overcrowding #politics



Tuesday, March 14, 2017 10:08 PM

5th Marines Vietnam Memorial

Thank you Irvine City Council for voting unanimously in favor of donating to the 5th Marines Vietnam Memorial!

It was an honor to speak to my elected leaders on this action.
It is always awesome to see our local government working for

what US Service Members fought and died for. Thank you!

-Mark Newgent

#marknewgent #irvine #orangecounty #iusd #school #overcrowding #politics #veteran #usarmy #marines #vietnam #war

Friday, December 9, 2016 8:35 PM

San Bernadino one year ago, 9 December 2015

I took these photos exactly one year ago at the site of the San Benardino shooting memorial. At the time, I felt it was too sensitive to post on social media.

Coincidently on the day of the shooting I was nearby, advising clients regarding church security that was getting harassment and threats.

Less than two weeks before that incident, I was publicly briefing the Irvine School Board about school safety and trying to explain to the board that things were starting to get bad...

To my fellow Irvine residents, there is no magical gate separating Irvine from the rest of the world. We need to stay vigilant and not succumb to complacency. I know my friends and neighbors that live here take great pride in our city being so safe and free from violent crimes. I hope we can all work together to keep it that way.

I always said during my campaign, elected or not, I will still be here to advocate for those in need. That being said, even though I am getting back into my business of Real Estate, I am still here for you guys. 

I love all of you guys.

-Mark Newgent
#vote4mark #marknewgent #irvine #orangecounty #realestate #iusd#neverquit #winning #election #sanbernardino

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 6:13 PM

Pearl Harbor day 7 December 1941

Pearl Harbor day 7 December 1941

This photo was taken a few years ago on the deck of the USS Missouri at Peal Harbor with myself and LTC Adonis Basto at his promotion ceremony that was held in private in the Captain's quarters. During this time in my Army career I had the great honor to be serving as the Aide-De-Camp to then Brigadier General Compton. The commanding General of the 9th MSC.

The USS Missouri is the ship that the Japanese surrendered on in 1945. The exact spot of the surrender is right behind the guns in the photo.

The war officially ended on the deck of the USS Missouri in 1945. It is now parked in Pearl Harbor next to the USS Arizona that was sunk by the Japanese attack on 7 December 1941 where the war began.

Interesting trivia fact: even though the Japanese had scheduled to come aboard to surrender formally, the US was still afraid of a surprise attack by the Japanese. The guns behind me in the photo were loaded and pointed at Tokyo along with other ships and 1,000 planes flying that were ready to attack. Thankfully the Japanese arrived as agreed, boarded the USS Missouri and formally surrendered.

I Personally have strong roots and family ties in Hawaii. 7 December is always a day that we observe and hold near and dear to our hearts.

-Mark Newgent
#RealEstate #MarkNewgent #Irvine #OrangeCounty #California #Vote4Mark #NeverQuit #IUSD
#pearlharbor #ww2 #military #neverforget

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 4:52 PM

Post Election Update

Now that the election is over it is time for me to get back to work.  I want to thank all of the volunteers and our donors who made the campaign possible.

Everyone should be proud of what we accomplished. We got nearly 24,000 votes (final count 25,124) and nearly won despite having limited resources and a very short period of time to campaign beating out two other well funded candidates.

The establishment bullies went low we went high. We ran a clean honest campaign that we can all be proud of. I am very proud of all that we have done and that we kept it all positive.  We did not stoop low to the negative, hateful rhetoric that plagues our city's politics.

I learned so much about the IUSD and Irvine, I hope I can use that knowledge to help all of you. In the future if you or your family need help in navigating IUSD or the City of Irvine I am hear to help.

Love all of you guys!

-Mark Newgent


Monday, November 7, 2016 10:40 AM

Gang Chen Singing on Facebook LIVE!

Thank you to candidates Gang Chen, Ian Daelucian, Katherine Daigle and Courtney Santos for coming on live to answer questions and to sing for the Irvine public.

If you would like to watch the videos go to:


- Mark Newgent
#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd #marknewgent

Saturday, November 5, 2016 9:29 AM

Live Interviews with Irvine Mayor/City Council Candidates

Live Interviews with Irvine Mayor/City Council Candidates

Thank you so much to Gang Chen, Courtney Santos, Matthew Ehorn, Ian Daelucian, Shiva Farivar, Anila Ali for going doing a live broadcast with me and opening up to the public.

Saturday, November 5, 2016 8:56 AM

With Beth Krom

Outside the holiday Fair Irvine City Council Member Beth Krom.

It was awesome when Beth Krom told me she watches my Facebook live videos :)

If you would like to watch my live interviews with Irvine Candidates go to:

-Mark Newgent

#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd #

Thursday, November 3, 2016 10:13 PM

At Lighthouse Escrow

At the monthly Lighthouse Escrow wine and cheese hosted by their CEO Jay Mills.

I love you guys!

-Mark Newgent

#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd

Monday, October 31, 2016 10:03 PM

8 November is the big day!

-8 November is the big day!

-Follow the arrows and vote for Mark Newgent "Army Captain/Parent"

I appreciate all of the support! I love all of you guys!

-Mark Newgent
#vote4mark #mark4schoolboard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd

Monday, October 31, 2016 12:10 AM

Photos From Supporters

Thank you Kate for sending these awesome photos. I appreciate the support!

-Mark Newgent

#vote4mark #mark4schoolboard #election #winning #Irvine #OrangeCounty #California #neverquit #IUSD

Sunday, October 30, 2016 11:08 AM

Funding, growth focus of Irvine Unified school board candidates forum

Education lies front and center for many who move to Irvine.
This carefully planned community has become and a magnet for aspirational young families from around the world and one of the state’s fastest growing suburbs, thanks to its top-rated public schools.

That’s why an election for a school district board – responsible for overseeing public schools – is such a big deal here. At a recent Irvine Unified School District board candidate forum at the district office, five of the six candidates on the November ballot shared their views with about 50 attendees, as well as a local TV audience and a reporter from a Chinese-language newspaper.
Although Irvine Unified is known as one of the highest performing school districts in Southern California, it’s not free of challenges.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:01 PM

Campaign Fundraiser

We had so many good photos from last night I made a collage for everyone to see them at once.

I was nervous how the event would turn out but it was great. The magician stole the show with making a signed $20 bill appear inside of an orange, everyone loved it.

The comedy magician's name is is name is Matt Price if you would like to book him for your event.

Thank you everyone for the support!

Special thanks to Jay Mills and Lighthouse Escrow that allowed us to hold this event at their office.

-Mark Newgent
#vote4mark #mark4schoolboard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd

Friday, October 21, 2016 8:09 PM

Irvine Candidate Meet/Greet and Fundraiser.

You are invited to the Lighthouse Escrow Sponsored- Irvine Candidate Meet/Greet and Fundraiser. Hosted by Mark Newgent.

Comedic entertainment will be provided by HOLLYWOOD COMEDIAN COOPER LEE!!!

All friends, candidates and their guests welcome to enjoy cheese, wine, light refreshments and positive connections with the community.

This is a local bi-partisan event. The only rule is no talking about the Federal Election. In fact if you mention ANY OF THE NATIONAL CANDIDATES, you'll have to put a dollar in the "swear jar" (money to go to charity).

This is a free event, donations accepted, please RSVP ASAP.

***Special thanks to Jay Mills and Lighthouse Escrow,, located at 2355 #130 Main St., Irvine, CA 92614***

Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:27 PM

With Irvine City Council Candidate Shiva Farivar.

Collaborating today with Irvine City Council Candidate Shiva Farivar.
It was great to

sit down with a fellow candidate and talk about solutions to real issues. We were going to do Facebook live but my son was sick today so our time was cut short. I will try to get Shiva some air time soon.

If any other candidates would like to meet for coffee and/or a Facebook live stream let me know.

Spoiler alert, I have been requested to interview a U. S. Congressional candidate. Will let you know the details once we lock it in.

-Mark Newgent
#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 11:38 AM

Pajama Day

Dropping my son off at school this morning for pajama day!

He is growing up so fast. Sometimes I want time to slow down. It seems like only yesterday when I held him for the first time at the hospital when he was born.

-Mark Newgent
#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd #pajamaday

Sunday, October 16, 2016 10:33 PM

This evening with Maz Jobrani.

This evening with Maz Jobrani. Maz is a stand up comedian and Actor.

I was thinking of leveraging nearby celebrities to come talk to our kids about bullying. Not a total solution but an idea for something to reduce the rates. Of course, we will need to consult some expert in this field before making any decisions.

What are your thoughts?

-Mark Newgent

#vote4mark #mark4schoolboard #election #winning #Irvine #OrangeCounty #California #neverquit #IUSD #mazjobrani

Sunday, October 16, 2016 12:37 AM

Chinese Cultural Center Irvine School Board Candidate forum.

Participating at the Chinese Cultural Center Irvine School Board Candidate forum.

This event was really interesting. It turned out to be speed forum. We only had two minutes to open and only 30 seconds to answer each question. The moderator would cut people off if they went a second over their time on their intro or while answering questions it was great!


#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd


#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd

Sunday, October 16, 2016 12:24 AM

Boy Scout Troop 602 pancake breakfast

At the Boy Scout Troop 602 pancake breakfast in Woodbridge.
Wish we could have stayed longer. I had a good discussion with concerned parents.

#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd

Friday, October 14, 2016 11:21 PM

Today with Anthony Kuo in my neighborhood of Woodbury to view the problem with unsafe drivers.

Matthew Ehorn and now Anthony Kuo have come in person. I personally appreciate this as the intersection behind us in the photo is a place my own 6 year old son wants to ride his bike... A place that I have seen way too many close calls.
Just before we took this photo we were talking to a group of people when Anthony noticed a car was about to hit a child on a bike. Without hesitation Anthony ran out in front of traffic and stopped the car before it was too late. Luckily the child was fine.

Neighbors told us in the past few days there have been two incidents of drivers hitting pedestrians at Woodbury intersections controlled by stop signs. At least one caused major bodily injury to the pedestrian and his child.
During Anthony's visit we were able to witness IPD writing tickets and spoke to one officer to get his opinion on the current situation.

I am very happy this issue is being addressed by the City of Irvine. I look forward to working with the City Council to make our school drop off zones safer in the morning and for kids when they are walking to school through these dangerous intersections.

-Mark Newgent

#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd ##trafficsafety

Thursday, October 13, 2016 10:17 PM

This evening at State Assemblyman Matt Harper's open house event.

It was great to get the chance to meet my State Assemblyman for my area. He and his staff were awesome and they had free food. What's not to like.

#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 9:36 PM

Campus safety workshop at UC Irvine with US Representative Mimi Walters!

This was a great event and I am happy to hear about Mimi's bipartisan bill she is working on, to help victims of sexual assault.

I am truly proud my elected representative takes school safety seriously. Everyone there took away valuable knowledge. We need more events like these in IUSD high schools to prepare students for college life.

#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd

Sunday, October 9, 2016 12:21 AM

Today at the Lake View Senior Center Fund Raising Event

Today at the Lake View Senior Center fund raising event with Irvine City Council Candidates Melissa Fox, Anthony Kuo, Christina Shea (Mary Ann Gaido was also there but I wasn't able to get a photo with her before the event started).

***For the record I do not endorse any candidate. I am neutral on the Irvine City Council race and the Irvine Mayoral Race. I look forward to working with whoever the voters choose.***

Out of over 230,000 people in Irvine only eleven people stepped up to serve on Irvine City Council. I respect all candidates and wish them all the best.

#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd

Sunday, October 9, 2016 12:15 AM

Gang Chen and Volunteers

I had the chance to meet Mayoral Candidate Gang Chen and his team of volunteers today.

***For the record I do not endorse any candidate. I am neutral on the Irvine City Council race and the Irvine Mayoral Race. I look forward to working with whoever the voters choose.***

I met Mary Ann Gaido today but unfortunately was unable to get a photo with her. I have met Katherine Daigle, was unable to get a photo with her but she did give me a big hug! I have not had the chance yet to meet Don Wagner or David Chey yet who are also running for Irvine Mayor. I will post photos with them as soon as I get to see them again.

Out of over 230,000 people in Irvine only five people stepped up to lead as Mayor. I respect all candidates and wish them all the best.

#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd

Saturday, October 8, 2016 1:17 AM

With Irvine City Council candidate Melissa Fox.

Glad I was finally able to meet Melissa today at the OC LGBT center candidate forum. I have been trying to meet every candidate, and I have been able to get a one on one with almost all of them. The purpose is to gain bipartisan support for real solutions to issues facing Irvine Schools.

It is all about relationship building regardless of what party we are in... Especially when it comes to keeping our kids safe. No matter what race, religion, sex, creed, gender or orientation, every kid deserves to feel secure at school!

-Mark Newgent

#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit #iusd #lgbt

Thursday, October 6, 2016 7:16 PM

Irvine Unified School District candidate forum

At the Irvine Unified School District candidate forum. It went great! #winning

#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit

Thursday, October 6, 2016 7:13 PM

At the Irvine Exchange Club

Speaking at the Exchange Club Luncheon- candidates forum for Irvine City Council and School Board

#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit

Monday, October 3, 2016 4:28 PM

SchoolWatch: Election 2016 IUSD

Thank you Carolyn Inmon.

I am honored that you as an education expert and 40 year veteran teacher and all of your professional colleagues would support me. I am glad the smartest and brightest people are voting for me.

Upon my election I will work tirelessly in the service of Irvine.

I truly appreciate your support of open and honest communication.

#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit

Thursday, September 29, 2016 10:55 PM

Irvine City Council Forum

Irvine City Council Candidates on stage at the Candidates Forum.

I have been looking forward to this for a while. Sure to be interesting...

For the record I don't endorse any candidate. Upon my election as a School Board Member, I will work with whoever gets elected to better the IUSD.

#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit

Thursday, September 29, 2016 6:45 PM

At the Shoe Clinic Today

Thank you Kareem 

I appreciate the campaign support and displaying our campaign signs at your business. The support from local business is touching and humbling.

II encourage my friends and family to support Kareem and his business "The Shoe Clinic" on Culver.

#VOTE4MARK #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit 

Thursday, September 29, 2016 11:49 AM

Meeting with Irvine Unified Special Education Executive Director

     This morning I met with the IUSD Special Education Executive Director Melanie Hertig to discuss special needs in our district.  The meeting was very productive and addressed several issues facing special needs families. Specifically the safety needs for an autistic child that goes to school with my son.

     I am happy to report that Melanie will be visiting the child's school to assess the issue herself.  I contacted the mother of the autistic child as well.  She was very happy to hear that there is progress in the right direction.

     I personally appreciate Melanie and her team doing the best they can with being underfunded.  I learned the Federal Government is not complying with certain funding guidelines. This is having a negative impact on Special Education and the IUSD overall.  I look forward to working with the Federal Government and finding real solutions that will benefit the entire district.

-Mark Newgent

#vote4mark #mark4schoolboard #election #winning #Irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit

Sunday, September 25, 2016 3:19 PM

New shipment of yard signs is here.

I am out putting up signs in Irvine now. Let me know if you would like one in your yard and I will personally bring it by.

#vote4mark #mark4SchoolBoard #election #winning #irvine #orangecounty #california #neverquit

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 4:07 PM

Marie's Donuts on Watt Ave, North Highlands, CA

I went to my high school reunion recently which is another whole story in itself but before I headed back south to Irvine, California I stopped by the old neighborhood and saw Marie's Donuts. I had to stop and take a look.

This place was a big deal for us when we were kids. A cream puff donut with a glass of milk was like Christmas day. I remember collecting soda cans as a kid to get food here. Now I stood outside of it with my campaign sign, running for public office. What a great country we live in when we can go from a kid on welfare, food stamps and homeless, to being a leader!

What stood out to me when I went inside was the big mixing machine. It is the same machine they had 30 years ago when I was a kid! I also learned that the nice lady (Anna Walz) working behind the counter went to high school with me! Wow!

It may be more of a symbolic gesture being that this business is 6 hours away from my district but I was touched when they gladly accepted my sign for display.

Thank you,
-Mark Newgent, 2016

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Monday, September 19, 2016 5:37 PM

Took time off the campaign yesterday to act in my friend's TV Show, The Tula and Katie Show.

Took time off the campaign yesterday to act in my friend's TV Show, "The Tula and Katie Show".

The show is a comedy with some gifted young actors who made the long evening quite entertaining. It was very interesting watching the process come together.

I played a police officer questioning a victim. They said they were looking for a 1992 LAPD look. Glad I fit the part. Thank you Sharmane for including me in your project.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 9:29 PM

School Board Meeting

The photos below was sent to me from a fan watching me at home. I love all of you guys. Thank you for all the campaign support, it is humbling.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016 5:12 PM

Thank you Irvine!

If we keep putting all the signs in people's yards we won't have any to put on the main roads... ;)

Thank you Irvine! You guys are amazing. Everyday that I am out campaigning and talking to people I feel better and better about this election. I love all of you guys!

Many people have contacted me and are waiting on signs for their yards. There is a big shipment scheduled to come in tomorrow. You guys will get them first thing and then we can put the rest on the main roads. If you want a sign call my cell at 949-529-0497.

-Mark Newgent

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Saturday, September 10, 2016 3:04 PM

Yard signs are here!

Yard signs are here!

Let me know if you would like a sign in your yard. I will personally bring it buy. We can even have a coffee and chat as long as needed about issues effecting your family and our community.

-Mark Newgent

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Sunday, September 4, 2016 9:59 PM

Dinner with founding principal of Irvine Unified School DIstrict

Dinner with John and Carolyn Inmon

John is one of the 7 founding principals of Irvine Unified School District. There is even a street named after him in Irvine.

What an honor and privilege to be mentored by the finest minds in Irvine’s Unified School District History!
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Sunday, September 4, 2016 4:28 AM


While I was in Sacramento recently, I had the chance to visit my childhood hero Mike Sanders. Mike was a volunteer from the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. He started helping my family when I was about 5 and has been there to help us ever since. I have many good memories of Mike, including his buying me clothes and playing monopoly with us as late as we wanted on the weekends as we didn't have a dad. Also, Mike helped me get a job as a teenager, and he helped me study for drama class in high school. Mike was there for many acts of kindness, including when my 25 year old brother died. Mike also kept a promise he made to me years before and gave me $100 for graduating high school. Mike gave me that $100, and he was there up until the day I went into the Army two weeks after my high school graduation. All this for a family that wasn’t his... Recently, I learned Mike adopted three children, who he raised and are now all grown up. I can't wait to see my hero again!

Mike isn't a rich person and he isn't some movie star or celebrity. He is a janitor and an everyday person just like you and I. Like everyone in his life, I am privileged to know him and he is my hero yet again. He is advising me on my campaign by sharing his knowledge he learned from spending over 20 years working with school boards.

The world needs more guys like Mike Sanders. If you ever see him around Sacramento thank him.

***Thank you Melissa Hough and Rocky Raybon for getting me back up to Sacramento***

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Monday, August 29, 2016 10:14 PM

Coffee with Carolyn Inmon!!!

I can't even begin to list all of Carolyn's qualifications. She began teaching over 40 years ago and has a lengthy list of awards and commendations for her years of service. She is also a published author. Carolyn is well known and respected in Irvine and Orange County. I am honored she is taking the time to help.

Carolyn faced off against two of my current opponents in the 2012 general election and missed being elected to the IUSD Board by about 700 votes.

She is a great resource for knowledge in the upcoming debates and election. I am very happy to have smart people like her and others behind the scenes helping us with our cause.

I thank all of you who support my family and I in this cause. I am so very touched that so many people from Irvine have stepped forward to help and it feels like we will win this!!!

-Mark Newgent


Thursday, August 18, 2016 3:23 PM

IUSD Meeting

Dear fellow parents

I met again with the Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Fogarty and the Risk Managment Director, Dr. Bayne from IUSD this week to discuss IUSD anti-terrorism/safety/security planning in detail. We talked specifically about using a specific school as a pilot school to upgrade. We are drafting a proposal to be presented to the IUSD board. Please let me know if you would like to add to the proposal. I would appreciate any input from the community.

Please forward this message to parents, teachers, and community residents in the district for feedback. Perhaps another school would like their school to be a pilot for security upgrades as well?

Also, I am running as a candidate for Irvine Unified School District Board and am now on the ballot this November. I hope we continue this momentum of upgrading schools in the IUSD that we have worked towards over the last year.

Once I get elected to the board I will continue to serve the best interests of the district and keep a direct line open to the teachers and parents that need support to be their advocate.

-Mark Newgent

P.S. Please remember to support and thank your local Police who the heroes that are putting their lives on the line everyday to keep Irvine safe.

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