Marcus Simon

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Marcus Simon
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Virginia House of Delegates, District 53
Incumbent
In office
January 8, 2014
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 0
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolMcLean High School, 1988
Bachelor'sNew York University, 1992
J.D.American University, 1999
Personal
ProfessionReal estate attorney
ReligionReform Jew
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Marcus Simon is a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 53. He was first elected to the chamber in 2013.

Biography

Simon earned a bachelor's degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies and Journalism from New York University in 1992, and worked for several public office holders until returning to school for his law degree, which he earned from American University in 1999. He worked as a real estate attorney. He also worked in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps after law school.[1]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Simon served on the following committees:

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2014
Militia, Police and Public Safety
Science and Technology

Issues

Campaign themes

2013

Simon’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Environment

Excerpt: "One of the things that makes Northern Virginia so unique is that even as we’ve become more urban, we continue to value and try to preserve our green spaces. ...As your representative I will fully support measures promoting clean air and clean water to protect our quality of life. ...A recent government study calculated that for every $1 spent by a polluter to control emissions, Americans receive $30 in benefits ranging from lower health care costs to attracting workers who want to reside where they are employed."

  • Economic Development

Excerpt: "The obsession of the Republican majority in Richmond with promoting radical right wing social legislation is hurting Virginia's women, families, and now our reputation as a great place to locate a business."

  • Education

Excerpt: "Study after study have shown that access to early childhood education improves outcomes from children. Investments in early childhood education now will result in lower spending on juvenile justice, social welfare, and prisons later."

  • Transportation

Excerpt: "Traffic and Gridlock cost Falls Church and Fairfax residents thousands of dollars every year in wasted gas, lost time, day-care late fees, and countless other ways. ...As a member of the General Assembly I will work tirelessly to ensure that more of the revenue generated in Falls Church and Fairfax returns to Falls Church and Fairfax as funds for transportation. Too much money is diverted on Roads to Nowhere in rural parts of the state where there is no traffic, while we endure gridlock on Leesburg Pike, Lee Highway and Interstate 66 every evening from 3 in the afternoon until 8 at night."

  • Gun Violence Prevention

Excerpt: "As your representative in the House of Delegates I will be a strong advocate for common sense measures like universal background checks for all gun purchases, even those of so-called private sellers at gun shows. I support limiting the size of magazines, empowering localities to make their libraries and teen centers gun-free zones, and reintroducing one handgun a month legislation."

Elections

2013

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Simon won the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 53. Simon ran unopposed in the June 11th Democratic Primary. He defeated W. Brad Tidwell (R) and Anthony Tellez (L) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[3]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 53 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarcus Simon 66.7% 13,726
     Republican W. Brad Tidwell 29% 5,965
     Libertarian Anthony Tellez 4.1% 852
     Other Write-in 0.2% 33
Total Votes 20,576

Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Simon’s endorsements included the following:[4]

  • The Virginia Police Benevolent Association
  • Virginia Farm Bureau

Personal

Simon and his wife, Rachel, have two children, Emily and Zachary. They live in Falls Church, VA.[5]

Simon have been involved with the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the NVAR Standard Forms Committee, the Fairfax County Bipartisan Election Process Improvement Commission, the McLean Planning Committee, the Fairfax County Industrial Development Authority, the Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission, and the Kent Gardens Recreation Club Board of Directors.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Scott (D)
Virginia House of Delegates District 53
2014–present
Succeeded by
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