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This profile was last updated on 10/27/12  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    The St. Joseph County Council
  • Member
    County Council
  • Member
    St. Joseph County Council's freshest face


  • Penn High School
  • Indiana University
  • Bethel College
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Root is a Bethel ..., 27 Oct 2012 [cached]
Root is a Bethel College librarian.
Root has proved to be an intelligent, hard-working councilman who deserves another four-year term. The Tribune endorses Mark Root.
AP Wire | 08/24/2005 | Officials in St. Joseph, Daviess counties back Central time, 24 Aug 2005 [cached]
St. Joseph County Council member Mark Root argued in favor of Eastern time, saying most flights out of South Bend Regional Airport are to Eastern time locations.
The vote was 7-2, with council ... [cached]
The vote was 7-2, with council members Mark Root, R-District I, and Dan Herbster, R-District F, opposed.
County Council member Mark Root, R-District I, said today the board can purchase the vehicles, if it chooses, with money already appropriated in the 2010 budget. Root takes hold in politics, 7 Nov 2004 [cached]
Root takes hold in politics
Mark Root, a librarian at Bethel College, became the St. Joseph County Council's freshest face after his election victory Tuesday.
SOUTH BEND -- Born in North Dakota, Mark Root didn't ride anybody's coattails into politics.
But he understood its significance.
Root, 31, a Republican, is the newest member of the St. Joseph County Council after defeating Ken Welsh in Tuesday's election.
A married father of one, Root said he relied on the help of family and several students at Bethel College, where Root is a librarian.
Foughty was recently hired to work for the LaPorte County Republican Party, Root said.
A graduate of Penn High School, Bethel College and Indiana University, Root has spent his whole life around libraries, including the last nine years at Bethel's facility.
He said the job satisfies his thirst for knowledge and his desire to help others.
"I get to work with people and help them find information," he said."It's a little bit like being a detective.They come in and need your help.They've got some pieces of the puzzle.But I get to take the pieces and make a complete picture."
After doing some nuts-and-bolts campaign work in recent years, dropping off literature and registering voters, Root decided to try his hand in politics.
With the county council split 5-4 this year in favor of the Democrats, Republican leaders wanted to keep a GOP member in Reinholtz's seat, Root said.
He said the party gave him enough money to do a large amount of direct-mail advertisements to past GOP campaign contributors.Root added that his campaign workers spent a lot of late nights -- especially during the primary -- knocking on doors and talking to people.
Root beat Welsh by 2,400 votes.
The council has been divided, but Root said the situation is not hopeless.
He said a recent, potentially controversial request by the University of Notre Dame to close Juniper Road through campus was handled smoothly by the county, and the request was approved unanimously.
That should serve as a model, Root said, "on how the council can resolve the contentious issues that face us.
"There are issues where we can work together.On those issues where we disagree, we may have different philosophies or outlooks on how things should be done.But it's a normal part of the process."
Root believes tax relief should be the highest priority for the council.
District I Councilman: Mark ..., 25 Nov 2006 [cached]
District I Councilman: Mark Root
Address: 227 W. Jefferson Blvd., 4th Floor, South Bend, Indiana 46601
Phone: (574) 235-9658
Fax: (574) 235-5022
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