Marcus Bush

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Born to a Mexican-American mother and African-American father, Marcus is a lifelong National City resident, proud father of 2, and community activist running for City Council. Marcus is running for Council to work with the Mayor and City Council on passing progressive policies to address National City’s biggest challenges, including the housing crisis, environmental health, and lack of access to high-quality jobs.

Marcus got his start in activism as a union member and union organizer for UNITE HERE Local 30. During this time, he began to get more involved in National City: in city government, the business community, and community nonprofit groups. In 2011, Marcus was appointed to the Civil Service Commission by City Council and in 2013 was appointed to the Planning Commission. He became the youngest Planning Commission Chair in the city’s history at age 26 in 2015. He also served on the Board of Directors for the National City Chamber of Commerce and President of the National City Rotary Club.

Marcus earned his Bachelor of Arts in city planning from San Diego State University and earned his Master’s in real estate development from the Portland State University School of Business in 2018. Marcus currently works as a Project Manager developing affordable housing for a non-profit and serves as a member of the Housing Advisory Committee in National City.

If elected, Marcus would be the first openly-LGBTQ councilmember (and one of the first openly-bi elected officials in San Diego County), first millennial, and first Afro-Latino.

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