Under the Dome

Former legislator to lead NC education group

Former state Rep. Marcus Brandon is the new executive director of the education policy and advocacy group CarolinaCAN.

While he was in the legislature, Brandon pushed for the lifting of the cap on charter schools and was one of the few Democrats to support vouchers – taxpayer money for private school tuition. He is a founding board member of a charter in High Point.

CarolinaCAN promotes charter schools, particularly those for at-risk students, as public education options.

“I am excited to be joining CarolinaCAN to continue the work I did in the legislature in advocating for these kids,” Brandon said in a statement.

Brandon did not seek reelection, deciding instead to run in the Democratic congressional primary to replace former U.S. Rep. Mel Watt. He was fourth in a six-way race that one of his former colleagues – now U.S. Rep. Alma Adams of Greensboro – won. Last summer, Brandon lost the race for High Point mayor.