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About Mark

  • Independent
  • Pro-Business, Pro-Agriculture, and Pro-Tourism
  • Limited Government Spending, Growth, and Regulation
  • Reduced Personal and Corporate Tax
  • Personal Responsibility and Self Reliance
  • Fair and Common Sense Legislation


Map of 5th Assembly District

Map of 5th Assembly District


5th Assembly District Stats

Stats on 5th Assembly District


You can read more about Mark and where he stands on the issues in his downloadable booklet,
An Independent Voice


An Independent Voice

"We need to keep what is working, change what is not, and have the knowledge and courage to see it through."

--Mark Belden, Candidate for California's 5th Assembly District

On the Issues

Corrections System, Punishment and the Death Penalty: I will support legislation to change capital punishment to life in prison without the possibility of parole, a savings estimated at $5 billion by 2030. California taxpayers have already been burdened with $4 billion above the cost of life without the possibility of parole since 1978. It is time to reconsider the death penalty in California, and replace it with less costly but equally effective punishment for these individuals. More...

Gun Control: I will oppose any legislation that would impose further gun controls on law-abiding California citizens. I further encourage all law-abiding citizens to possess some type of self-defensive firearm for their own protection. More...

Same Sex Marriage: Marriage has been defined by a union between a man and a woman, usually sanctioned by a governing body or a religious institution. We should continue to preserve this institution. Throughout time society has tolerated and now accepted, in many parts of the world, the union of a man and a man or a woman and a woman. I do not feel the State of California should be involved in the regulation of such unions. I support same sex and will vote according in chambers. More...

Immigration: I will support legislation that practices greater security along our border, in our government institutions and private businesses. I will further support legislation that provides a legal path to those persons in California illegally who meet acceptance requirements. More...

Taxes, Government Growth and Regulation: I will support any legislation that reduces the tax burden on California's citizens and businesses. I will oppose any legislation to raise taxes on individuals or California's businesses. More...

A Woman's Choice: Like our nation, I too have struggled with this issue, but feel our present law is appropriate. I will support a woman's choice. It is up to the woman with the counsel of her mate, clinician, and clergy to choose pro-life or pro-choice. More...

War on Drugs: A person possessing a small amount or who is under the influence of a controlled substance while conducting lawful activities in my opinion, is different than trafficking, manufacture, sales or other activities, specifically prohibiting its use. Like alcohol addiction, an addict and/or abuser of a controlled substance is a very serious problem to all of us. We do not incarcerate alcoholics nor should we incarcerate substance abusers. I will support legislation that continues to offer a path to sobriety for controlled substance addicts/abusers. More...

Health Care: I will support “voluntary” affordable and accessible publicly and privately funded health care legislation. We can all hope for universal, affordable health care but we should be prepared for something less. Our goal should be to provide affordable, accessible, voluntary health care that is budget neutral for all Californians. More...

The Economy and Jobs: Simply put, businesses make money and government spends it. It is essential that job creation be first accomplished in the private sector. It is incumbent on our local and state governments to provide an environment that encourages this. More...

Natural Resources, Water and Environment: I will support legislation that continues to preserve California's Sierra reservoir for the purposes of industrial, agricultural and urban development. I will further support legislation that allows for greater storage of California's precious water resource. I will support legislation that balances the needs of California's natural resources for our use with the interest of our environment. More...

Agriculture: Precious agricultural land should be preserved. Industrial and urban centers should be planned and located in a way to minimize their effects on California's agricultural land. I am absolutely committed to expanding agriculture in California. We need more water, not less. I believe in less regulation, not more, and a commitment by California's legislature to make this possible. More...