Mark Riley

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Mark Riley
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Former candidate for
Iowa State Senate, District 45
Mark Riley was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 45 of the Iowa State Senate. He ran unsuccessfully as an Independent for District 90 of the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012.


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Riley explains his beliefs in nine issues:[1]

  • Government- "I am committed to the idea of limited Government, responsible Government and a Government that follows an original interpretation of the Constitution."
  • Taxes - "I believe that governments should not spend more than they take in taxes. (excepting war and natural disasters)"
  • Government policy - "I believe in governmental policies that promote free-market principles and protect Iowa workers and business from predatory and unfair practices that harm their market value. I do not believe in manipulating market value with laws that allow the ruling class or foreign nations to take wealth from the working class."
  • Labor - "I believe that a person's Labor has both an economic value and a moral value. current "free trade" principles have ignored the moral value of American labor."
  • Electoral process - "This flawed electoral process has also caused the "unhealthy political party monopoly" of institutions. The Labor Unions, Education system, Journalism and Churches to name a few."
  • Education - "I am committed to the principle of public education. I am committed to charter schools as a solution to help our education system extricate itself from natural bureaucratic tendencies, and I believe property taxes are an unfair way to fund education."
  • Budget - "I am committed to balanced budgets."
  • Religion - "I believe in Religious tolerance and the free exchange of ideas and in "free will." I believe that criticism and critical examination of ideas and beliefs is essential to finding truth and a better society."
  • Individual liberty - "My political philosophy if elected, is to legislate towards individual liberty and to protect the citizens of Iowa from visions of Utopian tyranny from both the right and left of the political parties."



See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent Joe M. Seng defeated Mark James Riley in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[2][3][4]

Iowa State Senate, District 45 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Seng Incumbent 82% 614
Mark Riley 18% 135
Total Votes 749


See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Riley ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 90. Riley (by petition) and Ryan Roberson (R) filed after the June 5 primary. Incumbent Cindy Winckler ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, and won election on November 6.[5]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 90, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCindy Winckler Incumbent 73.3% 8,988
     Republican Ryan Roberson 21.9% 2,692
     Independent Mark Riley 4.8% 587
Total Votes 12,267


See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2010

Riley lost to Democratic incumbent Joe Seng by a margin of 9,894 to 5,991 in the November 2 general election.[6]

In the June 8 primary election, Riley defeated opponent Mark Holloway by a margin of 840 to 634.[7]

Iowa State Senate, District 43 - Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Riley 840 57%
Mark Holloway 634 43%

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