Meet Jon Mark
Hi, I am Jon Mark, and I’d like to meet you in the middle of the road.
There’s an old political saying, “there’s nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos.”
Well, the middle of the road may be the most dangerous place in politics, but the inability of Congress to meet in the middle is exactly what has broken our political system.
Like you, I am fed up with a system where reality tv passes for politics, where we cannot escape the endless noise of pundits and politicians, and where we start accepting as normal the tactics of the playground bully. The media gives all the attention to the loudest and most obnoxious voices on both the right and the left, while ignoring the views of most of us who live somewhere in the center.
I believe our elected leaders should work hard and solve problems, not just raise money and worry about how something will play in the next election. That’s the approach I took serving on the San Angelo City Council, and it’s how I’ve practiced law for the past 27 years, mediating and solving problems for municipalities, counties and businesses all over District 11.
I come from working class people of Texas. My parents were Baptist Missionaries. I spent my childhood in Trinidad and junior high and high school in El Paso. I worked my way through Baylor University and attended St. Mary’s Law School. I met a San Angelo girl at Baylor, and we have been married for over 30 years. We have raised two children who have gone on to public service: one teaching children and adults with special needs, the other working in public policy. I have served on the San Angelo City Council, as Mayor Pro Tem, and on many public and non-profit boards in San Angelo, and as a volunteer. Our family life is service.
The problems we face are not easy to solve. The work will be hard and difficult. But we need to remember that no political party has a monopoly on good people or good ideas. Political parties and elections don’t solve problems—people do. They do it by working together, toward the same goal.
If you’re ready for a Congressman that prioritizes the needs of working families and wants to be a part of the solution, not part of the problem, I invite you to join our movement.