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Mark Newgent 

 US Army Captain, Retired

In these uncertain and confusing times, we need dedicated, experienced, proven leaders with common sense in our City Council that will place the needs of the people first!

My background is 20 years US Army, Military Police, Captain, Commander, Anti-terrorism officer and Security Advisor for the Pacific Region. 

Upon election my goal is to preserve and enhance Irvine’s public safety. I will work to ensure residents are protected by the finest police and firefighting forces and support policies that promote:

     -Supporting our POLICE!

     -Improve traffic management

     -Fiscal responsibility/lower taxes 

     -Open and honest communication with the public 

     -Smart growth/development

     -Positive relationships with Irvine schools safety/reduce overcrowding

     -Recruiting and retaining quality police/city employees

     -Avoid centralization of power/keep decision making local 

     -Expose and eliminate corruption wherever we find it. 

The First time I deployed I was 21 years old, I threw a rifle over my shoulder and boarded a plane to go to combat in a place I never heard of for people I didn’t even know... Just imagine how hard I will work for my community, friends and family. 

I served our country for 20 years; let me serve Irvine for the next four. 


My two Children who are the motivation of my candidacy.

Memorial Day with my wife.


Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:54 PM

"Running" for Irvine City Council to protect our parks and green space.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 8:09 PM

What does 20 years in the US Army look like?

Monday, September 14, 2020 10:41 AM

OC Superior Court Judge Sides with City of Irvine & Army Captain Mark Newgent in Election Lawsuit

Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:33 AM

Military Records Release

Their have been questions about my Military Records. Here are the two awards in question along with a letter from the US Ambassador to Indonesia about my security work there for the US Army.

One Award for thwarting a terrorist plan and saving lives. The other discusses my security plans I created being the gold standards for US Army Pacific Command during an inspection. The letter from the US Ambassador is for a job well done personally signed by him with some nice comments. Feel free to read for yourself.

Mark Newgent

Captain, Military Police

US Army, Retired

Sunday, August 2, 2020 11:28 PM

Protecting Schools in Combat

The US Army prepared me for everything, except seeing children on the battlefield. I saw first-hand how people suffer when governments breakdown…

This photo is from the first time I went to a combat zone when we protected many things... most importantly we protected the kids at this school.

The kids in the photo are happy because they knew as long as we were there they were going to live. 

Mark Newgent
US Army Captain, Retired
#marknewgent #supportpolice

Thursday, November 21, 2019 5:25 PM

New Crosswalk Built!

This has been a trouble spot for traffic for some time. After talking to my fellow parents and the principal at the school I approached the Irvine Mayor and City Council. Our Mayor listened to my concerns and I directed me to Irvine City staff.

I met with the staff and explained the concerns about traffic safety. Within 4 weeks construction started on the crosswalk. Just today I received a follow up phone call from the city to let me know it’s complete.

Thank you Mayor Christina Shea and city staff for helping us take action to keep our kids safe at school.

Mark Newgent #marknewgent #irvine #iusd#safety #crosswalk

Monday, November 11, 2019 5:28 PM

Veterans Day

Another great Veterans Day ceremony at the city of Irvine remembering the veterans I served with. Honor our veterans and their sacrifice by voting.

Thank you for our Mayor Christina Shea for officiating the ceremony.

#marknewgent #irvine #veteransday

Friday, November 8, 2019 9:33 PM

Day off for kids health and wellness

My son wasn’t feeling well this morning... Took him to Disneyland... He feels better now. It’s a miracle.

#marknewgent #irvine #disneyland

Sunday, October 20, 2019 9:59 PM

Livestream Town-hall with Yorba Linda Council-Member Peggy Huang

Thank you Peggy and Dmitriy for joining me today for a congressional Q&A live stream town-hall.

Watch here on Facebook:

Or on YouTube at:

#marknewgent #orangecounty #election #irvine #iusd

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:54 PM

Irvine Safe Community Task Force

So proud of my daughter speaking for her first time at Irvine City Hall to support Irvine's new “Safe Community Task Force”.

She was even able to get the council to laugh. Watch the video of both of us here:

Thank you to everyone that took their time and supported this evening.

Thursday, August 22, 2019 5:19 PM

First Day of School

My wonderful children’s first day of school.

They grow up so fast!

#irvine #iusd #marknewgent

Sunday, June 16, 2019 1:00 PM

Flag day

Celebrating flag day with friends.

God bless the USA and our flag. 


Tuesday, June 4, 2019 12:54 PM

75th D-day Anniversary

On the anniversary of D day 75 years later I reflect on my Military experience and how much D day influenced me and my family. I am thankful our service members faced hardship with strength and resolve to win.

The 82nd Airborne Infantry was my first Assignment in the Army. There I received a first class education on WW2 as the 82nd Airborne conducted combat jumps and played a key role in the invasion on 6 June 1944.

Reminders of the 82nd Airborne’s involvement in WW2 are everywhere around the division area on FT. Bragg, NC. From the names of our streets (like Ardennes, Bastogne and Anzio), Airborne monuments, our Airborne museum even our main drop zone is named “Sicily Drop Zone” (that I was MEDEVAC’d from twice) to remind us of our lineage as paratroopers.

Our 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment motto was “Strike Hold”. It came from WW2 in reference to striking the enemy fast, holding our positions and never giving up one inch of ground.

I was lucky enough during my time in division to spend time around WW2 Veterans during the 82nd Airborne’s annual “All American week” and hear their experiences. Eventually I was stationed in Germany, learned how to speak German, met holocaust survivors and went to Normandie to see it with my own eyes.

After all this time we need to always remember the sacrifices of the greatest generation and how our freedom is the most expensive thing we have even if we aren’t the ones who paid for it.

Mark Newgent
US Army, Retired

Saturday, May 25, 2019 12:51 PM

ROAR Tour for OC Waste Management/Recycling

Taking a tour of ROAR (Regional Organics Anaerobic Recovery) the world’s first anaerobic renewable energy plant.

ROAR turns organic/green waste into RNG (Renewable Naturals Gas) while cleaning the air without releasing methane into the air.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:41 PM

Saturday morning walk with our new Mayor Christina Shea

Sunday, December 16, 2018 9:13 PM

At the Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony

Teaching my son about my fallen brothers and sisters I served with in the US Army.

Every Time I go to this place and see my friends names on the walls of this memorial it is surreal.

I am glad the city of Irvine created this memorial and is such a patriotic city. Let us always remember our fallen and their ultimate sacrifice.

Mark Newgent
US Army Captain, Retired
#marknewgent #irvine #veteran #memorial

Friday, November 2, 2018 7:43 AM

Veteran's Day is just around the corner on November 11, 2018

Our veterans sacrificed so you could have the right to vote. Honor our veterans by VOTING!


At the 9th MSC Formal Ball with LTC Patrick Weaver. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018 10:24 AM

Happy Halloween

Out with my wife and son "trick or treating". 

Click here or on the photo below to watch my son's Halloween dance. 

Mark Newgent
US Army Captain, Retired

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 12:08 AM

Sex Slavery in the Safest City in America

Monday, October 29, 2018 7:32 AM

Drivers Running Stop Signs

Tired of dangerous drivers that do NOT stop?

Tired of politician's empty promises on traffic safety? 

I did a live video at a crosswalk near my own house for about 55 minutes to show you the evidence of drivers totally disregarding stop signs.

Click the HERE to watch the video.

Monday, October 22, 2018 7:27 PM

Use your right to VOTE!

Politicians say they will fight for you...

Many of my fellow veterans have made the ultimate sacrifice to give us the right to vote... honor them by VOTING!

Sunday, October 21, 2018 11:10 AM

Irvine Police Department Open House

At the Irvine Police Department open house with my 8 year old son.

The best part of my life and the thing I am most proud of is being a dad.

Mark Newgent
US Army Captain, Retired
#marknewgent #irvine #election

Friday, October 19, 2018 1:02 AM

LIVE Medical Q&A with Doctor Thermos and Mark Newgent

The Doctor is in!!! LIVE Stream with DR Alexander Thermos.

Watch the replay HERE.

#marknewgent #irvine #election

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 4:35 PM

Responding to Negative / False Political Mail

Sick and tired of political attacks?

Click HERE to watch my LIVE video response to negative mail you may have received.

Monday, October 1, 2018 10:49 PM


It is an honor to have the endorsement from the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association.

 As a former first responder, I understand the unique hardships our Firefighters go through everyday to keep us safe. I look forward to working with our Firefighters to continue to keep us safe.


Thursday, September 20, 2018 9:59 PM

Live stream with Doctor Thermos and Mark Newgent


Watch us analyze my blood under a microscope and get a tour of the hyperbaric chamber.

learn more about Doctor Thermos at:

-Mark Newgent

Retired Army Captain

#marknewgent #irvine #election

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 10:22 PM

Live with Family Practice Doctor/regenerative medical expert, Doctor Alexander Thermos​

Saturday, June 23, 2018 8:28 PM

At the Irvine City Memorial Day ceremony.

Wearing my uniform today to honor the fallen.
I have had the time to reflect on my career and the people I have lost in the Military. It hurts to attend these ceremonies but no matter, we must hold some things sacred in our lives and remember our fallen heroes.

Now retired and living an easy civilian life, I can really appreciate the sacrifices made by our service members and I am truly thankful for all of them, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we can have our freedom. Your sacrifices will always be remembered.

Mark Newgent
US Army Captain, Retired
#marknewgent #irvine #iusd #irvinecitycouncil #election

Friday, June 22, 2018 12:00 AM

Veterans Cemetery Location in Irvine Still Unclear

The Irvine City Council discusses plans for the proposed Veteran's Cemetery

Sunday, May 27, 2018 8:17 PM

Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial

Remembering our fallen today. I found name on the wall of someone I served with.

SPC Kephart and his squad were ambushed on their 10th day in Iraq. Under heavy enemy fire and roadside bombs Kephart fired his .50 cal machine gun until a round exploded and jammed the weapon. He then grabbed his team leader’s m249 SAW and kept firing to suppress the enemy for some time until he was wounded by an RPG. The medics kept him alive until he was MEDEVAC’d but later died of his wounds. According to witnesses his heroic actions saved many other lives that day.

I tried to locate his dog tag but he did not have one on the display. I talked to the people in charge of the memorial/display. They assured me SPC Jonathan Kephart will get a dog tag for their display.

RIP SPC Kephart!

Mark Newgent
US Army Captain, Retired
#marknewgent #irvine #iusd #irvinecitycouncil #election

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
US Army Captain, Retired
#marknewgent #irvine #iusd #irvinecitycouncil #election
#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 

Mark Newgent
US Army Captain, Retired
#marknewgent #irvine #iusd #irvinecitycouncil #election #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
US Army Captain, Retired
#marknewgent #irvine #iusd #irvinecitycouncil #election #ocfa #fighterfighter #iusd

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
US Army Captain, Retired
#marknewgent #irvine #iusd #irvinecitycouncil #election

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.
Mark Newgent
US Army Captain, Retired
#marknewgent #irvine #iusd #irvinecitycouncil #election

Monday, May 29, 2017 6:59 PM

Irvine Memorial Day Ceremony

      With our guest speaker Marine Battalion Commander, LTC Eldridge.RIP SSG Matthew Thompson

Remembering out fallen at the Irvine Memorial Day Ceremony

Mark Newgent
US Army Captain, Retired
#marknewgent #irvine #iusd #irvinecitycouncil #election

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

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

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

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 25,124 votes and nearly won despite having limited resources and a very short period of time to campaign beating out two other candidates with many times the funding we had.

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


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.

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 #marknewgent

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

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

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

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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.

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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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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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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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