Born in Mesa in 1955, Mark Freeman has lived his entire life in the area of the City known to natives as Lehi. He and his wife LeeAnn have been married for 38 years. They are the proud parents of three married children and they very much love being grandparents to their eight grandkids.

A graduate of Westwood High School and Rio Salado College, Mark served 31 years with the Mesa Fire Department as a fire fighter, an engineer and a captain paramedic. He specialized in hazardous materials crises.

In 1994, Mark was honored as Arizona’s Fire Fighter of Year.

Today, Mark farms 20 acres at the corner of Brown and Center Street near downtown Mesa. Every summer, he and his family hire youth from around the community to help sell sweet corn and other produce at the annual Freeman Corn Patch farmer’s market.

Though recently retired from fire fighting and busy on the farm, Mark still feels led to serve his neighbors. He is active in his Church. He has served 10 years as President of the Lehi Community Improvement Association, earning the nickname “the Mayor of Lehi.” Currently, Mark sits on the Board of Directors for the Maricopa County Farm Bureau and the Arizona State Farm Bureau. He also serves on the City of Mesa Board of Adjustment.

“I just like to be a problem solver,” is how Mark puts it. “I’ve loved Mesa my whole life and I want to continue serving our City, my neighbors and our families. We need to finds smart ways to keep costs down, and we need to connect our residents and our City staff even better than we do today.

“I want every resident in District 1 and all over the City to feel like they have a friend and a servant working for them on Mesa City Council.”