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11th State District Representative Candidate Mark Herbert Wants To Be Seen As Problem-Solver

Mark Herbert
Mark Herbert for State Representative

A moderate Republican hopes his past work with Lane County -coupled with his strategic planning experience- will help his bid for State Representative, 11th District.

Mark Herbert of Springfield has his own management consulting company. He’s also a former member of the Lane County Planning Commission and Lane Metro Partnership.

Herbert says there’s too much gridlock in Salem. He says any time a political party holds a near-supermajority, there’s a problem.

“The minority party and the interests of folks that don’t agree with that, can be impacted," Herbert tells KLCC. "And that’s not just about the Democrats, that’s about any situation where you have that degree of dominance.

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"And I don’t feel like our legislature is making decisions that are necessarily good for all of Oregon. It’s very Portland-based, and it’s very urban-based.”

Herbert wants to be seen more as a problem-solver than a politician. He’s married with two grown children, enjoys the outdoors, and plays golf – quote – “badly.”

His primary challenger is fellow Republican Josh Powell…though the Oregon GOP has asked Powell to step aside given anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic statements he’s made.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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