RACE: U.S. House - 11th District

About the Candidate

Name: Mark Joseph Carroll
DOB: April 12, 1974
Occupation: Senior General Counsel - Mortgage Industry
Political Experience: 7 years as Elected Village Trustee, Village of North Aurora, 5 years as Appointed Member, Village of North Aurora Planning Commission, Intern and Staff Assist.
Website: https://www.markcarrollforcongress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarrollForIL11
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Candidate Statement

My name is Mark Carroll and I am running as a Republican for the 11th U.S. Congressional District in Illinois. 

I was raised in Romeoville and Shorewood, by my Dad and Mom, who currently reside in Shorewood, and I am the youngest of nine children. My father earned a Bronze Star as an Army Korean War veteran. 

I have been a resident of North Aurora for the past 17 years where I live with my Wife, Andrea, and our 3 wonderful sons. 

I am a graduate of Joliet Catholic Academy, Hillsdale College and Northern Illinois University College of Law. 

From a very young age, my parents instilled in me the importance of Faith, Family, Country and Service. I have carried these values throughout my life. That is why I have been a lifelong Republican.  I believe that the values of the Republican Party represent the best hope to Restore America to the principles of our Founding. 

Throughout my adult life I have tried to live the values instilled in me through service on boards, and events at my Church and school, as a youth sports Coach, bell-ringing, food-packing and even lawn mowing. I have served as Past President of the North Aurora Lions Club and at a legal aid clinic in Kane County.
For the past twelve years, I have served as an elected Village Trustee and appointed Planning Commissioner in North Aurora.

Service, to me, is helping people when no one is looking with no hope for reward or recognition. And that is what we have lost in Washington. 

I am running because it is not enough to elect leaders that can just govern for the Now, but we need leaders that care about what our Republic looks like 50 years from now. I do not want any child in America to grow up in World where they question that America is the free-est, greatest, most prosperous country in the history of mankind.

I believe that I am the Candidate that is most prepared to defeat Bill Foster. I am asking for your vote on June 28, 2022.  Thank you and God Bless you and God Bless America.

Candidate Q&A

Why are you running?

I am running because I do not want our children to grow up in a world where they question whether America is the freest, greatest, and most prosperous country in history. American exceptionalism is under attack from people who have been elected to represent us. Our most sacred institutions are constantly under attack, and the checks and balances that are designed to protect the minority from the mob-rule of the majority are attacked and eroded daily.

I am running because after the Republicans win the majority, we need to restore those checks and balances. We need a return to a limited and decentralized federal government with the power of the government returned to the states and localities, where it belongs. This means the true power of America, its people, can once again be unleashed for job creation, wage growth, technology, and innovation, and that unique “can-do” American spirit that generated the greatest, most prosperous country in the history of mankind can flourish.

Most importantly, I am running because I believe in the optimistic and positive promise of America. It’s a promise that inspires people to greatness; a promise that in America opportunity is blind to race, gender, religion, or economic condition; a promise that all people are endowed by their Creator with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; a promise that government derives its authority from the consent of its citizens, and the citizens derive their rights from God; a promise that seeks to unite instead of divide; a promise that tomorrow will always be better than today; a promise that our children’s future will always be brighter than our own; a promise that America’s glory has not come and gone, but that America’s best days are always ahead of us; a promise that means that our allies respect us and our enemies fear us; a promise that America remains the ”shining city on the hill” as a beacon of hope and freedom for the whole world for generations to come.

What does this office do well, and what needs fixing?

There is way too much power in Washington. As a result, ordinary Americans feel hopeless, unheard, and completely left out of the political process. Most importantly, they feel that their vote does not matter.

In order to restore America, we need to restore trust in our elected leaders. This starts by electing leaders who understand that the power entrusted to them by the people is to be held as a “sacred trust,” that is not to be squandered, taken advantage of or self-serving. We need to elect servant leaders. Service is not something that is demonstrated by what a person does when no one is watching, service is something you do because it is the right thing to do. Service is a key indicator of the character of an elected official. It provides a glimpse of how that person views the power that is entrusted to them. This characteristic is missing in many of our elected leaders.

I am also a firm believer in term limits at all levels of government. Diversity of thought and ideas is a cornerstone of our founding and key to the endurance of the Republic.  

What is the most pressing issue facing your constituents and how do you plan on addressing it?

I believe that one of the greatest dangers to our Republic is the attack and erosion of the checks and balances the Founders built into the Constitution and the structures of our federal government. Therefore, our greatest challenge is to not just govern for the now, but to think about what we want our Republic to look like one year from now, 10 years from now or 100 years from now. As a Republican, it is critical to ask the question “how will we govern” when we win the majority. Will we use the power granted to us to dictate our will on the people and continue with business as usual just to see that work undone with the next “blue wave,” or will we restore America to the principles of the Founding and returning the power of government to the states and localities.

It is imperative to restore the checks and balances that the Framers so ingeniously established, with a return to a limited and decentralized federal government with the power of the government returned to state and local governments, where it belongs!

What specific steps would you take to ensure your office is accessible and responsive to your constituents?

I will always stand firm on principles that are reflected in my priorities of God, family, country, and party. As a Christian, I am called to love my neighbor right where they are, and I will always listen to the People of the 11th District. I will ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect while expressing their opinion.