Mark Segebart
Mark Segebart
Monday, March 12, 2012

Sixteen-year Crawford County Supervisor Mark Segebart announced his candidacy Saturday as a Republican for the State Senate in a sweeping new district that includes Carroll.

Segebart made his Carroll announcement at Carroll High School in the morning during the Carroll County Republican Convention. He also spoke to the Daily Times Herald following the event.

No other GOP candidates have emerged at this point for Senate District 6, and the Democrats are fielding one candidate as of presstime today — Carroll County State Bank official Mary Bruner of Carroll.

Segebart stressed his credentials as a supervisor, noting that he’s also served on the Crawford County Board of Health and County Early Childhood Education Board.

He farms 640 acres in Crawford County — 160 of which he owns.

Segebart said he supports aggressive property-tax relief and elimination of unnecessary government regulation.

He is opposed to gay marriage and said the legalization of it is the result of intense lobbying from homosexual interest groups.

“It’s one of the hills I would die on,” Segebart said of his eagerness to fight gay marriage.

Segebart said he is strongly pro-life on abortion and would be opposed to legal abortions in cases of rape and incest.

“Even in cases of rape and incest the child is still an innocent part of that and deserves life,” Segebart said.

He did not answer a question about how to handle a situation where a pregnancy would endanger the life of the mother.

Segebart, 61, is a native of Vail and a 1968 graduate of Ar-We-Va High School. He went on to Iowa State University where he graduated in 1972 with a bachelor of science degree in forestry.

Segebart and his wife, Cathie, have two children: Alex, 28, who works for Burke Co., in Nevada, and Martha Gray, 33, an assistant business manager for a veterinary clinic in Green Bay, Wis.

Senate District 6 includes Carroll, Audubon, Sac and Buena Vista counties and part of Crawford County.