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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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June 7, 2016California Primary Election

United States Senate — ” Mark Matthew Herd, Candidate for Senator

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Mark Matthew Herd

Libertarian
Community Organizer
41,344 votes (0.6%)
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  • Reduce the size and scope of government
  • Stop government waste on foreign wars of occupation and on foreign aid.
  • Remove the undue influence of money in politics with a Constitutional Amendment
Profession:Businessman, Community Organizer
Advertising Executive, Verizon (not availanot availa)
Communications Consultant, Bear Communications (not availanot availa)
Sales Consultant, General Electric - G.E. Exchange (not availanot availa)
Owner / Founder / Manager, H.T.H. Enterprises (not availanot availa)
Political Consultant, Mark Herd Political Solutions (2015current)
Member, Westwood Neighborhood Council — Elected position (20102014)
University of Arizona B.S., Economics (1989)
Founder/Community Organizer In 2008 I started organizing the WWNC, Westwood Neighborhood Council (20082010)

MARK M HERD is a native of Los Angeles, a graduate of University High School in Westwood and the University of Arizona in Tucson.  He has lived most of his life in Westwood and Venice Beach.  Mark received a degree in Economics from the University of Arizona in 1989 and has an extensive business background.  Mark was the Libertarian candidate for Congress 33rd District (CA) in 2014.  In 2009 he started organizing what turned out to be the #1 Neighborhood Council in Los Angeles out of 93, the Westwood Neighborhood Council.  Herd was elected as a founding member to the WWNC in 2010 and re-elected in 2012. 

Mark has extensive experience in sales and marketing in the electronics, automobile, and security industries.  He is a frequent speaker at sales meetings, conventions, political events, city council and town hall meetings. 

Mark has lectured at corporate sales meetings and spoken at training sessions.  He speaks passionately for many causes and has run for office.  In 2013 he ran for the Los Angeles City Council winning 26% of the vote with a total investment of $2,000.  He has been elected to both the Westwood Neighborhood Council and the Westwood Homeowners Association board of directors.  He created MARK HERD POLITICAL SOLUTIONS in 2015. He is the founder of the Venice Beach Libertarian Club and the Libertarian Broadcast Network.

  • The Libertarian Party of California
1.
Federal Carbon Tax

Do you support the use of a federal carbon tax on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the use of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and natural gas) as a means to both slow climate change and to reduce the deficit?  Why or why not?

Answer from Mark Matthew Herd:

I'm not completely convinced that this is the solution.  This allows polluters to treat pollution as if it's something you can bargain with or trade.  That to me is the wrong approach.  Polluters need to stop polluting, not trading pollution credits.  Certain industries pollute more than others and those industries need to change.  The government can help by passing strong pollution laws while at the same time using tax incentives to help businesses invest in their companies to help reduce their impact on the environment.  There has to be a much more proactive role played by the government to work with corporations to incentivize them and to help them  to reduce their carbon footprint.  We've come a long way with  carsand we can do the same with large companies.  The planet is already in great danger and we cannot let that be the satus quo.  Government has no choice but to wake up to the reality that the planet is in danger and government has to be and can be part of the solution.

2.
Gun Control

What is your stand on gun control laws at the federal level?  Please explain the reasoning behind your position. 

Answer from Mark Matthew Herd:

Protect the Right to Self-Defense

I believe that the private ownership of firearms is part of the solution to America's crime epidemic, not part of the problem. Evidence: law-abiding citizens in Florida have been able to carry concealed weapons since 1987. During that time, the murder rate in Florida has declined 21% while the national murder rate has increased 12%.

In addition, evidence shows that self-defense with guns is the safest response to violent crime. It results in fewer injuries to the defender (17.4% injury rate) than any other response, including not resisting at all (24.7% injury rate).  I, like most Libertarians,  would repeal waiting periods, concealed carry laws, and other restrictions that make it difficult for victims to defend themselves, and end the prosecution of individuals for exercising their rights of self-defense.

3.
Trans Pacific Partnership

Is the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement good for California?  Would you vote to support it?  Please explain why or why not.

Answer from Mark Matthew Herd:

No, no, no.  The TPP is a disaster and so is NAFTA.  These are horrible aggreements that allow goods to travel into our country without fair tarrifs.  Tarrifs were the main way this country paid it's bills before the ugly IRS was created in 1913.  When countries like China devalue their currency their goods get cheaper and if we don't have adiquate tarrifs we can't compete and we end up losing manufacturing jobs.  These aggreements are designed to help multinational corporations take advantage of the american consumer and ultimately the workers who lose their jobs to oversees competition helped enormously by these agreements.  #StoptheTPP

4.
Marijuana

At the federal level, should recreational marijuana be legalized? Why or why not?

Answer from Mark Matthew Herd:

Marijuana should be legalized like tomatoes.  The failed war on drugs needs to end.  Only the prison industry and big pharma have gained enormously from the war on drugs while minorities get disproportionately incarcerated for bs drug charges.  When someone takes drugs they only hurt themselves and won't change until they are ready.  More should be done to help get people off drug addictions but incarcerating them when they need counceling is not a long term solution.  Marijuana legaliztion in Colorado has helped that state immensely.  Roads and sidewalks are getting the attention they need while city revenues are way up.  Tax payers in Denver received rebate checks from the government becuase marijuana revenues and new laws made it possible.  Marijuana has been shown to help with MS, epilepsy and insomnia and many other ailments.  Government shouldn't be allowed to tell you that you can't grow a harmless plant in your backyard that helps your family without negative side effects like viox, tylenol and many other medications.  Marijuana never killed anyone but the war on drugs has resulted in countless lives being ruined by laws designed to fill prison beds and break up families.

5.
Drought

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?

Answer from Mark Matthew Herd:

Many things can be done to mitigate the water shortage issue.  I would support desalination plants, more water storage and other upgrades to our water infrastructure.  Continued water conservation also has to be part of the solution.  Many advances have been made in water conservation from low flush toilets to reducing overall use in commercial buildings and residences to recycling of grey water.  We need to continue in that endeaver.  Public service announcements can help as well as government tax incentives for those that conserve water or manufacture products that help in our efforts to reduce water consumption.  

6.
Immigration

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why. 

Answer from Mark Matthew Herd:

No human being is illegal and we need to change our laws to reflect that.  I feel ID checks at the border are fine but if someone wants to travel, they have a right to.  I believe amnesty needs to be part of the solution.  In my humble opinion, if someone comes here from a country where bombs are falling and killing their family AND they are not commiting crimes, they should eventually have a path to citizenship, not deportation.  All of our ancesters came here from somewhere else and we should accept that that is also the case for many others.  We should grant a path to citizenship to anyone who is here for more than 15 yrs. and who hasn't commited any felonies or serious crimes.  Misdemeaners and traffic violations shouldn't be cause to deport someone.  After fifteen years immigrants who came here should be put on  a fast track to citizenship.  Amnesty and a path to citizenship need to be part of the discussion.

The answer to America's political problems is the same commitment to freedom that earned America its greatness: a free-market economy and the abundance and prosperity it brings; a dedication to civil liberties and personal freedom that marks this country above all others; and a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade as prescribed by America's founders.
A free and competitive market allocates resources in the most efficient manner. Each person has the right to offer goods and services to others on the free market. The only proper role of government in the economic realm is to protect property rights, adjudicate disputes, and provide a legal framework in which voluntary trade is protected. All efforts by government to redistribute wealth, or to control or manage trade, are improper in a free society.   The twin pillars of a sane foreign policy are:  (1) Building positive relationships, with an emphasis on free trade, and  (2) Avoiding negative relationships, with an emphasis on military non-intervention, unless absolutely necessary.

The day the Los Angeles City Council voted on a new Cannibis ordinance, Mark Herd and many other activists came to chime in.

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