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Mark Washburne
Running for Congress

Mark Washburne

My Background

  • I am running in the June 5, 2018  Primary as a Democrat to represent New Jersey's 11th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

  • History and Political Science Professor for the last twenty-five years in the Morris County area. 

  • Graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science in 1978 and with a Master's Degree in the same subject in 1979. 

  • Graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson in Madison, New Jersey with an M.B.A. in 1986.

  • My books and research have been cited in other historian's works including two Pulitzer Prize winning authors. Ron Chernow, who is best to known for writing about  Alexander Hamilton and was the inspiration behind the Broadway hit play “Hamilton, “ cites my work in his latest 2017 book  “Grant.” Prolific writer and another Pulitzer Prize winning author, David McCullough, also cited my work in his 2011 book  “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris.” 

  • Born in Illinois, my family moved to Madison, New Jersey when I was 6 months old and stayed until was 2 years old before returning to Illinois.

  •  In 1969, my family moved to Chatham, New Jersey. I have lived and worked most of my life in Morris County that is part of the 11th Congressional District.

  • Graduated from St. Patrick's Grade School in Chatham and Bayley-Ellard High School in Madison. 

  • For many years, I lived in Morris Township. In 2004, I moved to Mendham where I live today.

  • In 1979-1980, I lived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and worked for a construction company involved with building a new international airport in that city. 


  • From Saudi Arabia, I returned to the United States and held various positions in Marketing and as a Stock Broker for the next decade.

  • In 1992, I was hired as an adjunct professor to teach World Geography at Berkeley College of Business in Woodbridge. From that part-time position at Berkeley, I was able to secure other college teaching positions.

  • For the next few years, I taught at five different colleges as an adjunct professor. I taught no fewer than thirty courses (not credits) a year. One semester (the fall of 1999), I taught a record fourteen courses in various Business, Economics, History, and Political Science subjects.

  • In 2001, I was promoted to a full-time position at the County College of Morris as an Associate Professor of History and Political Science.  

  • I have been very active in the running community in New Jersey and around the world. 

  • I was the Race Director for the Run for the Roses 10K in Denville from 1991 to 2002. The race was a fundraiser for the Dope Open, which was established by Mary Mulholland in 1968 to fight drug and alcohol abuse in northern New Jersey.

  • In 2010, I founded the Do Run Running Club (DRR) in Randolph. DRR holds weekly Saturday runs/walks from Freedom Park in Randolph starting at 8:30a.m. 

  • In an article appearing under the “Editor’s Desk” in the April 11, 2010 edition of the Morristown Daily Record by James Flachsenhaar, I was nominated as one of the “Morris [County] Connectors.” The nomination read,” Mark Washburne, associate professor of history and political science at County College of Morris, also nominated by a reporter. Mark is a Mendham resident, who recently launched a new running club in the county. . . He is very involved in the N.J. running community.”

  • Completed over 800 races, including 34 marathons, since first pinning on a race number to my shirt in 1984.  

  • Completed the last 13 consecutive Boston Marathons from 2005 to 2017.

  • In 2013, I had already finished the Boston Marathon and was about a block away when two bombs exploded at the finish line of the race. Despite the horrific events of that day, I have returned to Boston every year since the bombing to run the marathon as a statement to the terrorists that their actions will not frighten us.

  • Accepted for the 2018 Boston Marathon, I have also met my age/gender qualifying time for the 2019 Boston Marathon.

  • Streak runner that has run every day, without missing a day, at least three miles a day, since December 31, 1989. 

  • In 2011, I became the President of the United States Running Streak Association (USRSA). 

  • In 2012, I founded Streak Runners International (SRI), an association that keeps track of over a thousand streak runners from around the world.

  • In March 2017, I appeared on a regional TV program called Chasing News (among the stations the program appeared was My9 NJ , Fox29 Philly, and Fox5 NY) as my running streak approached 10,000 days. Please click here to see the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqY4Bf7L_BM 

  • Married to Diane, who has been a business executive for such companies as the National Basketball Association, Sesame Street, and HarperCollins Children's Book. Diane currently is a marketing executive for The Quarto Group and commutes to Manhattan by train for her work. [Improving public transportation is something that is a major concern to our family and others. I am committed to improving our aging infrastructure for trains and roads.] 

Congress Must Hold Trump Accountable

"All were asked if they would vote to impeach President Trump. Only Washburne said he would definitely vote yes."

[Quote from Fred Snowflack, Insider NJ, "2018 Kickoff: 11th Congressional District Candidates Joust for a Shot at Frelinghuysen," November 30, 2017.]

In drafting the 1787 United States Constitution, our Founding Fathers anticipated that we would have a rogue President from time to time as they had experience dealing with rogue kings. They purposely established a three branch government with checks and balances. The drafters of the Constitution assigned Congress the task of being the check on a rogue President.

It is clear that President Trump lacks any recognizable moral compass and has engaged in a pattern of deceit and obstruction of justice that needs to be stopped. The current Congressman from New Jersey's 11th District refuses to fulfill his Constitutional duties by speaking out and being a check on this rogue President.  If elected to Congress, I will speak out and hold President Trump accountable for his often dangerous, unethical, and illegal behavior.

Trump's False & Misleading Statements

Please click here to see the Washington Post's website concerning false and misleading statements by Donald Trump since becoming President: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-claims-database/?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.fa1640290173

News Stories about my Run for Congress

Runner's World: "Why Are So Many Runners Getting Into Politics?"   https://www.runnersworld.com/newswire/why-are-so-many-runners-getting-into-politics?utm_content=2018-01-26&utm_campaign=Rundown&utm_source=runnersworld.com&utm_medium=newsletter&smartcode=YN_0001652734_0001653029&sha1hashlower=011b9583145b69ed3379e34876a61e35cd1e77b2&md5hash=0baf7879028ec13bb54ca993b18dfee9

Morristown Daily Record: "Mendham runner, CCM professor challenging Frelinghuysen"


Patch.com: "Longtime Mendham Runner Now Running For Congress -

History professor and prolific runner Mark Washburne will announce his candidacy for Congress in NJ's 11th district Wednesday." https://patch.com/new-jersey/mendham-chester/longtime-mendham-runner-now-running-congress

Newark Star-Ledger (NJ.com): "He's run every day since 1989, now he's running for Congress." http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2017/11/man_who_runs_every_day_is_running_for_congress.html



2/8 (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.) (Listen, Talk) I will be speaking before the Rockaway Democratic Committee. First Presbyterian Church, 35 Church St., Rockaway Borough, NJ 07866.

2/10 (Saturday, 8:30 a.m.) (Listen, Run, Walk) Group run/walk from Freedom Park in Randolph. Please use 640 Millbrook Ave, Randolph, NJ 07869 for GPS directions to Freedom Park. We meet and park in the overflow area to the left of the pavilion that is on the left hand side as you enter the park. All are welcome!

2/17 (Saturday, 8:30 a.m.) (Listen, Run, Walk) Group run/walk from Freedom Park in Randolph. Please use 640 Millbrook Ave, Randolph, NJ 07869 for GPS directions to Freedom Park. We meet and park in the overflow area to the left of the pavilion that is on the left hand side as you enter the park. All are welcome!

2/20 (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.) (Listen, Talk) I will be speaking before the Wayne Democrats. Wayne Public Library. 461 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ 07470.

2/21 (Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.) (Listen, Talk) I will be speaking before the Mendham Borough Democrats. Phoenix House, 2 Main Street, Mendham, NJ 07945.

2/22 (Thursday, 7:00) (Listen, Talk) Debate forum with other NJ 11th Congressional candidates before the Morris Township Democrats. Alfred Vail School Auditorium, 125 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains, NJ 07950.

2/23 (Friday, 7:00) [Listen, Talk) Third Annual Leadership Conference sponsored by Madison Democrats. The Madison Community House, 25 Cook Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940. 

2/24 (Saturday, 8:30 a.m.) (Listen, Run, Walk) Group run/walk from Freedom Park in Randolph. Please use 640 Millbrook Ave, Randolph, NJ 07869 for GPS directions to Freedom Park. We meet and park in the overflow area to the left of the pavilion that is on the left hand side as you enter the park. All are welcome!

2/28 (Wednesday, 6:00-8:30 p.m.) (Listen, Talk) Debate forum with other NJ 11th Congressional candidates before the College Democrats of New Jersey. Drew University, Ehinger Center at Crawford Hall. 36 Madison Ave, Madison NJ 07940.

I am hoping to meet as many constituents as possible before the June 2018 Primary election. If you have an event, therefore, you would like me to attend or want to sponsor a Listen/Talk/Run/Walk for me to meet your friends and neighbors, I would be most grateful. Please contact me at washburneforcongress@gmail.com with details of your event. Thank you!

Seeking to Represent Constituents Not Money Interests

In studying politics for most of my adult life, I am concerned about the role money plays in American elections. I hope to act differently during this campaign. In that regard, I do not seek and I will not accept any money donations of any amount to my campaign during the Primary season. We are instead relying on social media to get our message out to the voters. We, therefore, respectfully request your help by sharing this page and my campaign posts on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media venues with your friends. Thank you!

Why I am Running

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