Serving his second term as State Representative for the 60th District of North Carolina, Marcus has represented his community and stood up for his values in a much divided legislature. Marcus is currently running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 12th District of North Carolina, and would be the first openly gay African-American member of Congress if elected.
Marcus attributes his passions for education and helping others get a second chance in life from his upbringing. Born and raised in Guilford Country, N.C., he learned these values from his family (maybe state his parents’ background or occupation)
As a young student, Marcus struggled with ADHD and was placed into special classes in order to help his situation. This limited his access to proper education but his family and church supported him to make up for the difference. Brandon’s perseverance led to acceptance at North Carolina A&T University.
Inspired by his experiences, Marcus has dedicated much of his time to education reform in North Carolina by working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle. As a legislator, Marcus worked to obtain scholarships for students with disabilities and students with low income families. He is an advocate for betterment of graduation rates and expansion of charter schools, and has received recognition for his work with education including an award from the Democrats for EducationReform.
As a person who believes in second chances, Marcus has taken a stand for ex-offenders who are discriminated against for jobs, housing, and other necessary aspects of life. Marcus spearheaded a ‘2nd Chance Rally’ in the General Assembly to inform the legislature of the difficulties ex-offenders face. In turn, two pieces of legislation passed the House that would help these people get back on their feet.
Marcus proudly represents the LGBT community and his constituents well. He strongly voiced his opposition to Amendment 1, a ballot initiative to define marriage as only between a man and a woman. He looks forward to bringing his perspective as a minority and openly LGBT person to the House floor.
The Victory Fund has endorsed Marcus as State Representative and is proud to endorse his candidacy for Congress.