Who is Dr. Mark?
Compassionate and servant
Mark served as a Franciscan brother for twenty years, with six of those years as a medical missionary in a central African country known as Zaire at the time. He served as a pediatrician for thirty-five years and continues to serve as a father and husband in the La Crosse community. Mark wants to continue service to his western Wisconsin community by helping to make democracy work for us all. Good governance makes it possible for people to live well so that everyone will thrive with family, friends and neighbors.
Mark is currently serving in elected office as a member of the La Crosse Common Council.
Why does Dr. Mark run for Congress?
Believer in Democracy
Mark believes in what President Abraham Lincoln spoke at Gettysburg. He works to make sure our national tradition of representative “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” In every age of our nation’s history there have been challenges to our democratic tradition. This is not new for us. Today we have our own difficulties. We need the hope and courage to correct them so that we can pass along to the next generation an even healthier democracy than the one that was given to us.
What are Dr. Mark’s big concerns?
Healthcare, Environment, Security and Justice
Mark believes that the purpose of our government is to help us achieve healthy people and a healthy planet. As the dominant species on earth, humans have gotten to where we are because of our ability to collaborate collectively for the achievement of goals that are more than our simple individualistic concerns. As Paul Wellstone said in 1999, “We all do better when we all do better.” Human health is the same thing as human wellbeing. The birth of every one of us makes no sense unless it is for each of us to live wholesome lives and to experience the fullness of our natural wellbeing. We can only do this together. We can only do this on planet earth where we share life with all living creatures. All of us, living together, are in this together. We can only be healthy when we live in a healthy environment.
Living together means we must organize our life and our way of doing things with each other in mind. We do this by creating our government and courageously making it work for the good of everyone. Our form of representative democracy is based on our belief in freedom and equality. That is our security. When we respect everyone’s dignity, we achieve justice. We have a great heritage received from the generations of Americans who preceded us. It is our responsibility to pass the success of democracy on to the generations who will follow.
How does Dr. Mark propose to serve?
Lead from the front
Mark believes it is best to lead from the front. It is best for elected officials to act like catalysts for honest, informed and clear political conversation within the communities that they serve. Votes are not things. Votes are people. Every one of us has concerns, hopes and dreams. Every person has a voice and those voices need to be heard. In our democracy our voices are heard when we vote. Every person can vote for the official who best hears their voice and shares their concerns, hopes and dreams.