Mark Matthew Herd

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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 33
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Mark Herd was a 2014 Libertarian candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 33rd Congressional District of California.[1]


Campaign themes


Herd's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • The Economy: "Bailouts are ALWAYS bad for the taxpayer, for the economy, and for business. Why? Because rewarding the mismanagement of American corporations with a taxpayer-subsidized lifeline does NOTHING to encourage reform or fix the problems that pushed the companies to the brink of failure."
  • Foreign Policy: "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."
  • Civil Liberties: "Over the past few years, we have seen repeated government attempts to circumvent or even blatantly disregard the most basic of our guaranteed personal liberties. Rarely a day passes where there isn’t some major media mention of Guantanamo Bay, the Patriot Act, the Real ID Act, secret prisons, the use of torture or domestic spying."
  • Immigration Reform: "Today an estimated 12 million people live in the U.S. without authorization, 1.6 million in Texas alone, and that number grows every year. Many Americans understandably want the rule of law restored to a system where law-breaking has become the norm."
  • Freedom of Speech: "We should always defend the rights of individuals to unrestricted freedom of speech, freedom of the press and the right of individuals to dissent from government itself."


—Mark Matthew Herd's campaign website,



See also: California's 33rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Herd ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 33rd District. Herd was defeated in the blanket primary on June 3, 2014.[4]

U.S. House, California District 33 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngElan Carr 21.6% 23,476
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTed Lieu 18.8% 20,432
     Democratic Wendy Greuel 16.6% 17,988
     Independent Marianne Williamson 13.2% 14,335
     Democratic Matt Miller 12% 13,005
     Republican Lily Gilani 7.1% 7,673
     Democratic Kevin Mottus 2.4% 2,561
     Republican Barbara Mulvaney 2.3% 2,516
     Democratic David Kanuth 1.4% 1,554
     Democratic Kristie Holmes 0.9% 994
     Libertarian Mark Herd 0.8% 883
     Green Michael Sachs 0.7% 732
     Democratic Michael Shapiro 0.6% 650
     Independent Tom Fox 0.5% 509
     Democratic Zein Obagi 0.4% 477
     Democratic Vince Flaherty 0.3% 345
     Democratic James Graf 0.3% 327
     Independent Brent Roske 0.2% 188
Total Votes 108,645
Source: California Secretary of State

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  1. [Email submission to Ballotpedia, March 8, 2014]
  2. Campaign website, "Platform," accessed April 24, 2014
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  4. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," June 3, 2014