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April 19 Mark Attends Maine Taxpayers United pow wow
Dr. Holbrook attended the Maine Taxpayers United tax day rally on April 19th in Lewiston. A non-partisan organization with one simple goal, make our government more efficient with our tax dollars! Who can disagree with that?

March 25 Mark Emcees MAGA Rally
Mark led a Make America Great Again march and rally in Augusta, and provided emcee services. The event was a rally to support President Trump, veterans, police officers and first responders. The rally also collected food donations for various food pantries.

March 5 Mark Attends "Listening Tour" Event
Mark attended the Senator King "listening tour" at U.S.M. Over 600 people were there to speak their minds. Who better to listen to them than a psychologist? 

March 4 March 4 Trump Rally in Augusta
125 brave and patriotic Mainers braved 10º and 20 mph winds to gather at the State House for a rally in support of President Trump. Mark lead the march and was able to meet many new constituents. 

February 25 Mark Brought His Family to the Washburn Living Museum
Mark, his daughter, and wife went to Livermore and visited the  Governor Washburn museum. They sampled food typical of the times, bought several books, and learned a great deal Maine’s Civil War Governor.

February 21 Mark Addressed Sagadahoc County GOP
Mark was invited to address a large crowd at the Sagadahoc County Republican Committee. The title of his speech was “How to Get Conservatives Elected in CD 1. Following his speech  was a Q&A session.

February 16 Mark Attended the Larry Lockman Session at USM
Mark went to the University of Southern Maine to support Representative Larry Lockman. Larry talked about the adverse impact illegal immigrants and refugees are having on Maine.

February 11 Mark Attended the Defund Planned Parenthood Rally in Portland
Mark stood out in the cold on Congress Avenue in Portland holding a sign supporting efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. The group endured taunts and yelling from the Pro-Pingree, abortion on demand crowd. While there Mark was interviewed by WMTW. You can see the brief interview here.

January 30 Mark Interviewed by WMTW Mark was contacted by several news organizations regarding his announcement to run for CD1 again. Paul Merrill interviewed Mark. Mark stressed that no other candidate had run back to back campaigns in CD 1 before and he was going to build on the 165,000 votes he received in the 2016 race.

January 28 Mark Addressed the Maine Republican Committee
Mark addressed the 16 county representatives of the Maine Republican Party and announced that he was a candidate for Maine’s 1st Congressional District. By the time he drove home his phone was ringing off the hook and his email was blowing up! His supporters were offering money help to defeat Pingree.

January 24 Mark Attended the Knox County Republican Committee Meeting
Mark was able to address the KCRC and thank them for their support throughout the previous campaign.

January 14 Mark Attended Hands Around the Capital
Mark was invited to participate in the Hands Around The Capital in support of the Maine Right To Life group. It was a bitter cold day but Mark, his wife, and daughter were among 400 other people holding hands surrounding the Capital.

January 13 Mark Co-hosted Talking Maine
Mark co-hosted one of Maine’s longest running radio talk shows on WLOB, Talking Maine with host Kevin Crooker.

January 11 Mark Addressed York County Group
Mark addressed a large group gathered at the Alfred Town Hall. Mark gave a rousing speech about the importance of Maine Patriots working together to elect conservative candidates throughout every level of government.

January 10 Mark Addressed Knox County Group
Mark, along with Rick Bennett, Dave Emery, and representatives from the Maine Heritage Policy Center addressed a group of about 40 people discussing pathways to getting candidates elected.

September 20 Mark Attends E2Tech
The Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) seeks to build and expand the State’s environmental, energy, and clean technology sectors. Mark was invited to present at their "Election 2016" event and received a warm reception for his future-looking, open-minded approach.

September 10 NRA Weighs In
Mark's campaign received a surprise $1,000 contribution from the National Rifle Association. The NRA is heavily engaged in defending encroaching anti-gun ballot initiatives in many localities across the nation (including Maine!) and understandably focused on helping current 2nd Amendment office holders in office. This contribution was unexpected and represents a significant endorsement. As a Certified NRA Instructor, Mark promises to keep teaching here in Maine!

September 7 Carly Fiorina Endorses Mark!
The former Presidential Candidate visited Portland, Wednesday Sep 7, to endorse Mark's Campaign. After lunch, Ms. Fiorina, a rising star in the Republican universe, spoke to an audience of 100 for thirty minutes. Her consistant theme was the corruption which results from the concentration of power in Washington and the need for a return to the citizen-legislator. WMTW reports

August 29 Sportsman's Alliance of Maine Endorses Mark!
"Congratulations!  The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine Political Action Committee (SAM PAC) has endorsed and awarded our highest grade of A+ for your candidacy to the U.S. Congress. We appreciate the time you put into our lengthy questionnaire." read full letter 

August 24 A Diaster for Maine
The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument was discussed and debated at great length and then voted on numerous times, and while most of the people nearby did not want it, President Obama just signed it into existence. 

“The spin may sound great to some... but this is another case of our President’s use of his pen to bypass Congress, the Maine Legislature and the people most directly affected by this controversial National Monument,” stated Dr. Holbrook. 

“Rich and powerful insiders, including Maine’s current First District Rep Chellie Pingree, have urged the President to take this arbitrary draconian action – that amounts to a federal government land grab. The mandated buffer zone surrounding the monument will drive the last nail in Millinocket’s coffin. The President has signed another Executive Order to jam something else down our throats and tacking away more of our freedom.”

Holbrook concluded: “If the Quimby family truly wanted to bestow a gift to the people of Maine then why not give the land to the Baxter State Park Authority? Why destroy any chance for Millinocket to recover and prosper? Both the Quimby family and our President are driven by a deeply flawed socialist ideology. As I have said repeatedly, how much more damage will this President do before his term ends?”

August 24 Maine Heritage Policy Center
I attended the Freedom& Opportunity Luncheon honoring Suzanne and Rupert Grover at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. Governor Paul LePage gave a heartwarming and very personal speech about the husband and wife team from Oxford County. The Key Note address was Chris Cox from National Rifle Association.

August 23 Maine GOP Fundraiser
I attended a fun fundraiser at the Augusta Country Club to benefit the GOP’s absentee ballot initiative! About 50 donors from both Congressional Districts where there. It was a lovely setting right on the golf course!

August 23  Decision America 2016
I attended the rally in Augusta! Franklin Graham gave a very inspirational speech to thousands of people! I met people who recognized me as a candidate from parades earlier this year and others who knew me from church. It was a wonderful afternoon!

August 5 A Vist with The Donald
I was given VIP status at the Trump rally in Portland today! It was a backstage pass to the biggest show in earth. Merrill auditorium was wrapped up tighter than an airport sandwich with all of the Secret Service agents, Portland Police officers and Maine State police guarding the event.

Of the 38 people allowed on stage behind Mr. Trump 10 of us were taking back down to the 1st floor where we greeted Mr. Trump and had our photograph taken with him! Despite all that was going around us I found him to be warm, engaging, forthright, and he took the time to speak to me about my campaign!

Back on the stage our Governor, Paul LePage, made a rousing introduction! The Governor speech was witty, personal, and dead on target regarding Mr. Trump being exactly what our country needs right now!

Merrill auditorium seats 2,000 and the place was packed to the rafters! Trump stayed on script and hit all of the high points Maine voters needed to hear! Secure our borders, pause immigration, rebuild our military and get our economy going in high gear!

July 21 Times Record
The Times Record in Brunswick did a feature piece on Mark that made the front page above the fold! The reporter, Nathan Strout, exceeded our expectations in accuracy and in the abersence of political spin. See it here

June 14 Find Your Polling Place
Use this link from Maine.gov to find your voting station.

June 7 WGAN Radio
Mark was on WGAN this morning with his primary opponent. Mark's oppoent refused to answer direct questions from the two hosts! The lawyer-speak betrayed his liberal attitudes. Listen now

June 1 MPBN Television
Mark was on MPBN with Jennifer Rooks for a “round table discussion” of the issues. You may view the show here.

May 28 WLOB Radio
Mark was guest on Kevin Crocker’s Talkin’ Maine radio show.

May 28 WGAN Radio
Mark was interviewed by John MacDonald. Hear it

May 25 Bangor Daily News
Mark's OpEd on political correctness was published in the Banger Daily News. Read more

May 25 MPBN Radio
Mal Leary joined Mark on a walk down Main Street in Damariscotta.

May 24 The Dick Giroux Show
Mark was interviewed by Dick Giroux on the Dick Giroux TV show.

May 16 Smart and Savvy Unedited
Mark was the guest on the Biddeford Cable access channel.

May 14 WGAN Radio
Mark was interviewed during a break from teaching the NRA course to to be interviewed live on WGAN radio. Several people called in to say how much they enjoyed Mar’s straight talk and that they appreciated he didn’t talk like a lawyer.

May 14 NRA Pistol Course
Mark was in Scarborough training a group of shooting enthusiasts at the Scarborough Fish and Game Club for the NRA.

May 13 Portland Press Herald Op Ed
The headline of Mark;s most recent OpEd piece in Portland Press Hearald: "1st District GOP candidate: Unlike Pingree, I take the drug problem seriously" Read more

May 7 Meet and Greet
Art Boulay and the Brunswick Business Center hosted a meet and greet for Mark.

May 6 Forecaster Interview
Mark was interviewed by a reporter from the Forecaster.

May 1 Mark Wants To Keep Truckers Safe
In June of 2014 the body of a truck driver, Michael Boeglin was found in his burned out truck in Indiana. He had been shot then set on fire. Many truckers want to be able to carry firearms for self-defense, but the nature of their business makes it a legal minefield. They often travel throughout the lower 48 states in a matter of days and weeks. They may have a permit to carry a concealed weapon in one state but no state has 48-state reciprocity. As a result of this discrimination members of the trucking industry have introduced “Mike’s Law.” It proposes nationwide federal firearms reciprocity for those who are professionally engaged in interstate commerce. While I firmly believing e state’s rights I think it is past time for a federal law supporting our constitutional right to carry firearms.

Apr 23 Standing Ovations - ME GOP Convention
Mark Receives Standing Ovations Mark gave a rousing and uplifting speech at the Maine Republican party convention! With a crowd of 1,200 in attendance, Mark brought the delegates to their feet several times as he outlined how he will fix the problems with Washington. His Maine-style common sense resonated with the Republicans! Mar’s stance on Planned Parenthood, religious liberties, and gun rights were only three of the topics he covered!

Apr 22 Mark Score’s Highest
The Immigration for America organization released its candidate survey results at the Maine GOP convention on Friday! Mark scored much higher than the lawyer from North Yarmouth – no surprise there! Congressman Poliquin did not complete the survey. Mark is proud of his common sense approach to immigration and the need to secure our borders and on his strong stance on national security!  

Apr 22 Apr 22 Mark On Howie Carr Show
Mark was interviewed by Howie Carr and given the chance make a distinction between himself and the other candidate. “I have been described by those who know us best within the Maine Republican party as a Ted Cruz-type Republican while the other candidate is described as a Susan Collins-type Republican”.

Apr 16 Mark Was Interviewed on WGAN
Mark discussed some of the most important topics to Maine people and responded to callers on WGAN radio on Saturday. Mark shared his views on the three most frequently brought up topics in Maine’s 1s Congressional District: the failures of V.A., the illegal immigration crisis, and our anemic economy.

Apr 7 Mark Met With Start-up Company CEO
Mark was invited to meet with company CEO Mark MacMahon and his team to learn about his new Maine-based high tech company, X2X. JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! Maine's 1st District needs more high-paying jobs like those offered at X2X!

Apr 6 Mark Attended A Private Meeting
Mark was honored to be invited to attend a private meeting with some the state’s most knowledgeable and influential Republicans. His pithy commentary and dry humor kept the crowd of 60 entertained and informed.

Mar 29 Special Election
Mark spent the day in Biddeford helping his friend Steve Martin on the special election. It was a very long day standing out in the cold wind greeting voters at the Biddeford High School. When the polls closed at 8:00 Mark and the rest of Team-Martin waited for all of the votes to be counted. It was soo close.

Mar 19 Mark Teaches Firearms Class
It was a lovely but cold Saturday morning on the range teaching basic pistol firearms training! The NRA is Americas’ best chance for freedom! As with most of the courses about half of the classmates were women!

Mar 17 Mark Attends HOME School Conference
I had the pleasure of attending the Home Schooling conference at the Samoset in Rockport this past week! About 800 people from Maine who are devoted to providing the best education for their children possible. I listened and learned about their reasons for making the choice to turn their backs on public education despite the added economic expense to their families. I listened to their disgust with the Department of Education at the State and Federal level. I came away with a very well-informed view of the moral, ethical, and educational degradation of public education. I did not hear anyone complain about public school teachers but only the bureaucratic rulers of the Department of Education. Public education has become a perversion of a well-intended public asset.  I commend every family who has made the choice to home school their children.

Mar 15 Radio Interview
Mark was interviewed by the iconic radio and TV host, Mal Leary, following the Secretary of State’s approval of the nomination paper signatures! Stay tuned for the air time!

Mar 15 Mark Submits Signatures to Secretary of State
Mark and one of his Senior Advisors tallied the signature count, 1,401. They submitted 1,294 to the Secretary of State and 1,286 of them were certified! The campaign had 36 volunteers collecting signatures! No paid staff!

 

Mar 5 Republican Caucus
Saturday was the statewide caucus day for all Mainers to get out and participate in the presidential preference voting and to meet with fellow Republicans! Attendance tripled the last caucus four years ago! Mark gave a heartwarming and inspiring speech at the York County caucus in Biddeford and afterwards 5 more people signed up to volunteer!

Mar 5 Campaign Sign
Mark picked up the first in a series of 8 foot - long custom crafted campaign signs and displayed it in the back of his Ford truck from Kennebec County to York County! The American flag, the Ford truck, and the red white and blue “Holbrook for Congress” sign – an iconic American image!

Mar 3 Mark Addresses “Issues and Answers” Group in South Portland
Mark gave an introductory platform speech to about 35 people at their monthly meeting in S. Portland where he picked up some exuberant supporters. “I’m voting for him…”

 

Feb 25 Mark on The Ray Richardson Show
Mark was a guest on the Ray Richardson (WLOB) radio show for 2 ½ hours . Mark explained his support for moving the forensic patients out of Riverview Psychiatric Center and to their own safe and secure facility. 
Having been a mobile crisis worker for 2 years, a social worker at the Maine State prison for 2 years, and completed a 1-year pre-doctoral internship at Riverview, Mark has a unique and well-informed perspective on the issue.

Feb 16 Mark Attends Cumberland County Committee Meeting
Mark attended the Cumberland County Republican Committee meeting in Yarmouth amidst the howling wind and rain. The 60 or so attendees heard updates on the caucus from Maine GOP Chairman, Rick Bennett. Mark was asked to give a brief speech updating his campaign successes including having achieved a major milestone - 83 volunteers!

Feb 12 Mark Attends Lincoln Day Events
Mark joined 106 of the party faithful at the 1882 Farm, Bristol, to celebrate President Lincoln's birthday. Headlining the party was Anne LePage and Senator Susan Collins. Highlights of the evening were a rendition of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address by "The President" himself and music from the era by Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee. In the morning, Mark attended the Lincoln Day Breakfast, at which Gov LePage gave an inspiring and humorous speech.

Feb 10 Support for Making Riverview Safe
Mark’s letter to the editor supporting the transfer of forensic patients out of Riverview Psychiatric Center was published in the Bangor Daily News. 

Feb 4 Mark's Campaign Kickoff Part II
Mark had his second campaign kickoff event at Mill 67 in Sanford! The first campaign kickoff in early December included an overflow crowd in Portland! This second event was to show our supporters in the southern part of the state our appreciation and offer them a chance to celebrate our successes.
  

 

Dec 12 Mark Supporting The Shooting Sports
Mark was at the Scarborough Rod and Gun Club as an NRA Pistol Instructor teaching the safe handling and proper use of firearms to people new to the sport. On the firing line, teaching marksmanship skills, the young lady in the photo below was a pleasure to work with! Her dad had taught her a lot about pistol safety and marksmanship when she was a child and those skills came back to her quickly!

 

Dec 7 WGAN Radio Interview
Mark was interviewed on the Ken & Mike show and asked questions about his candidacy for Maine’s 1st District. You can find the audio file of the interview on the WGAN here.

Dec 4 Campaign Kickoff
Hosted by Kathy Harding at the Cumberland Club in Portland, Mark's campaign kickoff was a huge success with more than 80 people in attendance!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 1 New England Psychologist As an expert on personal safety, Mark was quoted in the recent edition of the New England Psychologist for a story on celebrity stalking! (read more...

Sep 29 Cumberland Fair
Mark was there to help staff the Cumberland County Republican Committee booth at the Cumberland fair! A lot of people were interested in our campaign and signed up to volunteer and receive our campaign newsletter!

Sep 26 Elliot Fair
Mark walked with the York County Republican Committee in the Elliot parade. It was great fun! We were so close to their homes it seemed like we were walking through people’s backyard barbecues! These small town fairs and festivals are the best family-fun experiences in the world!
 

 

Sep 12 Mark Announces His Candidacy
At the Cumberland County Republican Committee annual Trap Shoot and fundraiser Mark announced his candidacy for Maine’s 1st Congressional District to a group of shooting sports enthusiasts and Republican supporters!

Aug 29 Mark Attends the Acton Fair
It was the shortest parade in history but one of the most enjoyable places on earth! They had delicious food, fun rides, historic exhibits, and wonderful homegrown fun!

Jul 18 Mark Attends the Alfred Fair
On a steamy July day Mark walked in the Alfred parade and helped staff the York County Republican Committee booth! The Alfred parade was huge by comparison! I got teary-eyed when I saw the Farmall Cub tractor! My grandfather had the same model and it is what I learned to drive on. A 10-year old learns a lot about life backing the hay wagon into the barn sitting in the seat of one of those things!

 

 

Apr 7 Mark’s Training at NENA Conference
Mark spent the day training at the Maine Chapter of the New England Emergency Number Association annual training in South Portland. Dispatchers and administrators from across Maine came out with one of the largest attendances in their history to hear Mark’s presentation. Despite his campaign activities Mark continues to give back to the law enforcement community. 

Mar 17 2014 Incivility in Politics! Mark speaks out against the incivility in politics. (read more...

Sep 2009 Grad Psych Magazine Mark fought hard to expand educational opportunities in Maine! (read more...

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