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Marcus Brandon served two terms as state representative in the North Carolina House of Representatives, focusing his work on education reform and poverty, which he called “structural issues that impact the community.” Serving as vice chair of the House Education Committee, Marcus was able to pass key pieces of legislation regarding school choice: Tax Credits for Special Needs, Opportunity Scholarships for Low Income Families and the Teacher Paperwork Reduction Act. Marcus was recognized for his leadership and awarded Legislator of the Year by Parents for Educational Freedom, Black Alliance for Educational Options and Democrats for Education Reform. He was also recognized by Governing magazine in their “Top 12 Legislators to Watch Nationally” list. Marcus Brandon hails from a long line of North Carolinians. He attended Southern Guilford High School and graduated from North Carolina A&T in Greensboro with a degree in Liberal Studies: Race, Culture and Class.