Marcus Brandon

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Marcus Brandon
Marcus Brandon.jpg
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 60th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 2011
Preceded by Earl Jones
Personal details
Born (1975-01-18) January 18, 1975 (age 39)
Guilford County, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Residence Greensboro, North Carolina
Website marcusbrandon.com

Marcus Brandon is a politician from Greensboro, North Carolina who serves in the North Carolina House of Representatives. A Democrat, he has represented the 60th district since January 2011.

Early life and career[edit]

A lifelong resident of Guilford County, North Carolina,[1] Brandon graduated from Southern Guilford High School. He attends North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) where he is majoring in political science. He expected to graduate in late 2010 or 2011.[2]

Brandon is a political consultant by profession. He worked for NGP Software, a supplier of campaign software, and later served as national finance director for Dennis Kucinich's 2008 presidential campaign.[3]

Political career[edit]

North Carolina's 60th state house district includes parts of Greensboro, High Point and Pleasant Garden. Brandon challenged four-term incumbent Rep. Earl Jones in the Democratic primary held on May 4, 2010 and defeated him by 60% to 40%.[4] The district is majority African American and heavily Democratic; in the 2010 general election Brandon, who is African-American,[5] defeated his Republican opponent by a wide margin, taking 70% of the vote.[6] He took office in January 2011.

In 2012, he again faced Earl Jones, who ran to reclaim his former seat. In the Democratic primary held on May 8, 2012, Brandon defeated Jones by 66% to 34%.[7] He was unchallenged in the 2012 general election on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

Brandon was named one of "12 State Legislators to Watch in 2014" by Governing.com. Brandon is running for the House seat vacated by former Congressman Mel Watt.[10]

Personal[edit]

Brandon is openly gay.[11] He is the only openly LGBT member of the North Carolina General Assembly.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Legislative Advocacy | Alumni Association of the University of Michigan". Ciclt.net. 1975-01-18. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  2. ^ "Meet the Candidate: Marcus Brandon". News & Record. February 23, 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Collaboration, education keys to success, says House candidate". Q-Notes. October 16, 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  4. ^ "North Carolina State Board of Elections: 2010 primary election results". Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Meet Marcus Brandon". Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ "North Carolina State Board of Elections: 2010 general election results". Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  7. ^ "North Carolina State Board of Elections: 2012 primary election results". Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ "North Carolina Board of Elections "Candidate lists," Accessed March 5, 2012". [dead link]
  9. ^ "''North Carolina State Board of Elections'', "Official Primary Election Results," Accessed June 22, 2012". Results.enr.clarityelections.com. 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  10. ^ Jacobson, Louis (January 2014). "12 State Legislators to Watch in 2014". Governing.com. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "African American gay man wins election to N.C. House". GayPolitics.com. November 2, 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Marcus Brandon elected to House District 60, becomes second openly gay member in N.C. General Assembly history". The American Independent. November 3, 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 

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