Marvin Bailey Scott (born March 10, 1944) is an American politician in Indianapolis, Indiana, and unsuccessful 2010 Republican candidate for election to the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 7th Congressional District. He was previously the unsuccessful Republican candidate for U.S. Senator from Indiana in 2004 against incumbent Democrat Evan Bayh, but lost to Bayh, receiving 37%, 904,843 votes. Scott earlier was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in Indiana's 10th congressional district in 1994 against Andrew Jacobs, Jr. and received 47.5% of the vote, as well as in 2000 against Congresswoman Julia Carson receiving 40%, 62,233 votes. Scott also unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Congress in the 10th district in 1996 losing to former State Senator Virginia Blankenbaker.
Scott has been a sociology professor at Butler University for eighteen years, and was president for nine years of Marvin Scott Associates, a management-consulting firm. He was also President of Saint Paul's College for two years, Assistant Chancellor of the Board of Regents for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for five years, Assistant to the Provost, and Associate Dean and Professor at Boston University for ten years. He serves on the Indianapolis Water Board, Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission, and the board of the Abraham Clark School of Law and the Regional Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Scott and his family are members of Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, where he serves as a deacon.
Marvin Scott was born in Henderson, North Carolina. He has a bachelors degree in psychology from Johnson C. Smith University with one year spent at the University of Allahabad, Allahabad, India, and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2008, Scott was appointed by President George Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as a Board Member of the National Council of the Humanities-Digital Humanities. In 2006, Scott was nominated by the Indianapolis Mayor and confirmed by the City-County Council to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Department of Waterworks of the City of Indianapolis, Marion County. During his tenure, he served as President of Waterworks of the City of Indianapolis, Marion County until July 2011.
2004 Senate campaign
Scott's Senate campaign was focused on Christian issues and comparing incumbent Senator Evan Bayh to Hillary Clinton and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Scott did not receive direct support from President George W. Bush or then-candidate for governor Mitch Daniels and could raise only a very limited campaign budget to work with. However, the Indiana Republican Party issued bumper stickers with the names of all three candidates.
After the campaign, Scott returned to teaching at Butler University. He also hosts forums with other conservatives on other college campuses from time to time.
2010 election for the House of Representatives
Scott unsuccessfully ran as the Republican candidate for election to the House of Representatives from Indiana's 7th congressional district against incumbent Congressman André Carson. By the end of September 2010, the WISH-TV Indiana 2010 Election poll showed Carson with 50 percent of the vote. Republican Marvin Scott had just 33 percent and Libertarian Dav Wilson was at 6 percent.
On Saturday, October 23, 2010, the major newspaper in the 7th District, The Indianapolis Star, firmly endorsed Congressman André Carson while excoriating Marvin Scott with "the Republican has resorted to attacks on Carson's Muslim religion."
Scott was again defeated, garnering 37.77% of the vote with 55,213 votes. Incumbent Carson won with 58.84% support from voters, receiving 86,011 votes. Libertarian Dav Wilson got 4815 votes (3.29%) and write-ins got 149 (0.10%).
Campaign manager replacement
Jerry Alexander was promoted in September to be Scott's 2010 election campaign manager. Alexander previously worked as Congressman Mike Pence’s Political Director for over 6 years and was the Political Director for former Congressman Mike Sodrel’s losing 2008 campaign. This was after Scott fired his previous campaign manager, Stan Solomon, for using a personal Twitter account to publish harshly derogatory opinions against homosexuals and Muslims.
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