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The High Point Black Leadership Round Table has endorsed Marcus Brandon. With less than one week until the election, this key endorsement carries a heavy weight with undecided voters in High Point.
In a glowing endorsement, The Rhinosceros Times said that "Brandon makes some really good points" and "can move discussion into 21st Century".
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HIGH POINT – Marcus Brandon has one race to go to win his first general election campaign, but the 35-year-old Democrat realizes he’s already accomplished an amazing political feat. On Tuesday, Brandon defeated four-term Rep. Earl Jones, D-Guilford, in the 60th State House District Democratic primary. He won by a margin of 20 percentage points in the district that covers parts of High Point, Greensboro and southern Guilford County.
Defeating an incumbent in any party primary is one of the rarest victories for a challenger. Brandon, a Guilford County native who moved to High Point a year ago, said he was able to advance to the general election through on-the-ground organizing, door-to-door campaigning and enough fundraising to allow his message of change to reach voters.
“Jobs is the biggest issue right now. People are not working. They are tired of their representatives sitting around a table deciding what’s best for them,” Brandon said during an interview Thursday at his Thissell Street home and campaign office east of downtown High Point.The longtime Democratic Party organizer will face Republican Lonnie Wilson of High Point in the Nov. 2 general election in the Democratic-leaning district. The winner will take the oath of office when the N.C. General Assembly convenes for the 2011 session in late January. Jones will serve until the start of next year’s session.
Brandon made two promises on the campaign trail on education, and Friday he was able to keep both promises he made to constituents. Rep. Marcus Brandon is a co-sponsor of the "Tax Fairness in Education Bill" "I understand that this bill is somewhat controversial, but it does not have to be, if both sides listen to each other, but more importantly listen to their constituents." Brandon promised that he would support giving educational decision making back to the stakeholders- students, parents, and teachers, so they can determine what is best for their student, their school, and their community. Brandon also promised that he would protect public education at all cost, noting that our public school system is still the best option for the majority of his constituents and that it is imperative that we continue to fight for a strong public school system. Brandon is working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to ensure that we do just that.
Click here to watch Rep. Brandon discuss this bill with News and Record reporter Mark Binker.
A High Point Democrat found himself at the center of the highly charged debate over expanding the number of charter schools in North Carolina on Monday night. Rep. Marcus Brandon was the lone member of his party to back the measure, which the House passed 68-51
“Many people wonder why a freshman Democrat would actually be the only one (Democrat) to support a charter school bill,” he said Monday night on the floor of the House.
“It has been a very hard road for me to travel ... but I had to be true to myself and true to my campaign promise that the representative from the 60th district will not allow you or anyone on either side to hold my kids hostages for your talking points.”
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RALEIGH — Rep. Marcus Brandon plowed his way along the dull, gray walls of the legislative building, checking room numbers and name plaques every so often to make sure he was headed the right way.
It was a hectic, hot July morning when word got out that legislative leaders might bring a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage to a vote during a special legislative session.
“It’s clearly against the principles of the constitution to stick your personal beliefs in it,” Brandon said as he checked a sheaf of papers, looking for his next destination. With seven months of legislating behind him, he is better known for his stances on education and the Voting Rights Act.
Some of Brandon’s closest friends at the General Assembly are Republicans.
“He’s a good thinker,” said Rep. Tom Murry, a Republican from Raleigh who co-sponsored legislation with Brandon and Rep. John Blust of Greensboro to reduce paperwork handled by teachers.
“He thinks through things in a very mature way and approaches issues from not a partisan perspective but, ‘How is this going to affect folks in my district?’”
Mark Binker of the Greensboro News and Record wrote an article about me being an independent thinker in the NC House. First, I want to say that I am a proud democrat and have been my entire life. The conservative group Civitas gave me an "F" and I am ok with that. However I am a firm believer in working with people where they are and having a starting point from where we agree whether than focusing on things where we disagree.
I make no apologies for making people nervous. The very fact that people have to stop by my office to see where I am on a bill, gives me the opportunity to tell the stories of my district, and they can explain to me how this issue can effect my district. I believe that is effective representation of the people, and I believe this is what the people elected me to do.
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