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 and Co-Chairman of the Venice Beach Libertarian Club and Executive Producer of the Libertarian Broadcast Network.
Mark M. Herd has served the community in the following positions:
Councilman - Westwood Neighborhood Council
2010 - 2014
Board member - Westwood Homeowners Association - 2009
President - Park Ashton Homeowners Association
2004 - 2008 - 2010 - 2012
(Above) On May 15th, 2016 Herd sponsored and co produced the only ALL Candidate US Senate debate from Monterey CA.
In 2008 Herd started organizing the Westwood Neighborhood Council after 5 other groups tried and failed. The WWNC was approved by the City of Los Angeles Board of Neighborhood Commissioners on Jan 19th, 2010 and was the #1 NC in L.A. out of 93 it's first yr. Herd was elected as a founding member in 2010 and re-elected to the council in 2012.
Los Angeles Times (2/14/13): Both Koretz and his challenger, campaign consultant Mark Matthew Herd, are well versed on the issues that matter to residents of the district, which stretches from Westwood to Beverly Hills and across to the Hollywood Hills, and from Encino to just south of the Santa Monica Freeway. Each has a sensible vision for dealing with local development, arguing for limited growth that balances the economic interests of neighborhoods — i.e., keeping and creating jobs — with the need to control traffic.
Our biggest concern with Koretz is his lackluster leadership on fiscal issues. He's been an honest voice on the council but not always a fiscally prudent one. For instance, he supports Proposition A, a measure on the March ballot that would raise the city's sales tax by half a cent, which may sound like a responsible way to balance the budget but is problematic given that new contract negotiations are coming up with the city's unions. Filling the budget hole with new taxes now would make it less likely that the council would seek or receive the concessions on pay and benefits it needs.
(Above) Mark Herd addresses LA City Council Jan. 2010
(Below) Mark Herd and Paul Koretz debate Feb. 2013.
On October 5th, 2016 Mark Herd was endorsed by Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate Gov Bill Weld of Massachusetts. The Libertarian Party is on the ballot in all 50 states with Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico leading the ticket.
The current City Council continues to find new ways of taxing us and that hurts the business environment in Los Angeles. We need to lower taxes and be fiscally prudent with the precious revenue streams we have. Angelenos deserve more for their tax dollars, like better sidewalks and roads, better water quality, safer streets and affordable and abundant public transportation. As a city we need to do more to help the homeless off the streets like keeping our shelters open year round with services that connect the homeless with jobs, job training and housing opportunities. Prefabbed homes cost about 10 thousand per unit but the LA City Council including my opponent Paul Koretz want to raise taxes to the tune of 1.2 BILLION and Angelenos like myself will surely reject that unwanted tax increase at the ballot. We need to continue to reduce pollution and strive to become the cleanest city in the world. A cleaner city brings more businesses and tourists to it than a dirty one. Traffic and parking need to be addressed. I have experience in that dept too serving on The is a shortage of affordable parking spots throughout LA and that creates more traffic. Our current City Councilman, Paul Koretz and the L.A. City Council have mismanaged the City's General Fund and betrayed the public trust. They tried to sell off our parking structures, failed, but still managed to waste 1.75 million trying to do so. Our current City Councilman Paul Koretz also advocated for the City to lease our Encino Fire Station (now no longer in use) for 1 dollar a year for 30 years. Paul Koretz did this to garner votes from a specific sector of the community but as a result the City is out millions of desperately needed revenue dollars to help fix our city streets, sidewalks and other infrastructure projects long overdue. Our Neighborhood Council's could do so much more if adequately funded. Paul Koretz has left CD5 in worse shape than when he found it and issues like billboard blight, traffic, wreckless over development, parking etc go unaddressed. Our City needs new leadership that puts the City first and knows how to help a city run efficiently. Herd did much to improve the quality of representation in Westwood and thereby improving the quality of life there for sometime. Our City Council raises costs on Angelenos in the form of tax increases and misc. fees added to various bills. Angelenos deserve better and can have better if we elect new leaders with the courage to do what is right for the city and point things in a better direction.
Herd was endorsed by the Libertarian Party twice, as a candidate for Congress 33rd district in 2014 and as a candidate for US Senate in 2016 (Above). He has been an active member in the party creating the Libertarian Broadcast Network in Oct. 2015 and organizing the Venice Beach Libertarian Club in 2016. The LBN is the only 100% Libertarian broadcast network that streams live Libertarian events like the recent LP National Convention from Orlando. The website is at www.LPinfoNOW.com On June 6th, 2016 Herd was elected CEO of the World
Libertarian Party and will be working to bring all parties together around the world to accomplish common goals.