A Leader for a New Generation
Brandon Scott is a leading voice for community relations and violence prevention in Maryland. One of the youngest people ever elected to the Baltimore City Council, Brandon has established himself as a leader who builds trust, demands accountability, and works for progress. He was first elected Councilmember for the 2nd District in Northeast Baltimore in 2011 and re-elected in 2016.
The issues facing Baltimore – from education funding and infrastructure needs to addiction and violent crime – are issues that Marylanders care about across the state. Brandon is running for Lieutenant Governor with Jim Shea to bring a fresh perspective and new leadership to Maryland.
As Chair of the Public Safety Committee, Brandon Scott has been leading the charge to reform the Baltimore Police Department, with legislation to make the department a city agency rather than a state entity, redraw district lines, and create a community policing panel. He recently released a 37-page plan that addresses the long-term causes of crime, including expanding education, youth programs, and job opportunities. The plan, titled “Live to Be More,” also proposes immediate actions to stem violent crime, from fully staffing the Baltimore Police Department to expanding the proven Safe Streets program.
During his first term on the Council, Brandon led legislative initiatives that created extensive crime data sharing and online reporting of crimes by the Baltimore Police Department, and he reinstated Council Oversight of the police department by holding quarterly hearings to make sure the police department is working for citizens. He also led the way as the City Council passed monumental legislation to create restaurant inspection transparency in Baltimore. Brandon was named one of Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2014. He was recognized as the City Paper’s Politician of the Year in 2015 and its Best City Councilman in 2016.
Brandon’s top priority has always been serving the community. He spends countless hours meeting with residents, walking their neighborhoods, visiting schools and recreation centers, and has received many accolades for his service to neighborhoods in his district. He began his service as a Site Program Specialist for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Maryland, where he recruited, screened and trained mentors for school-based mentoring programs. Brandon represented Northeast Baltimore as a Community Outreach Liaison in the Office of the City Council President and continued to represent his community as a Neighborhood Liaison in the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods. He is also a former Recreation Neighborhood Specialist with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks.
Brandon attended Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School (MERVO) in Baltimore City. A scholar-athlete, he was introduced by his track and cross-country coaches to the CollegeBound program, which prepared him for higher education, from college visits to SAT classes. With the CollegeBound scholarship, Brandon was able to attend St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he served on the Multicultural Advisory Committee and as President of the Black Student Union, and he received multiple awards for his service. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science.
Brandon has continued to give back to the CollegeBound Foundation, first serving on the Board of Directors as a representative for the mayor and now as a member. He has now been involved with the Foundation for most of his life and is dedicated to its mission of giving kids like him the chance to learn and grow. Brandon also serves on the boards of the Center for Urban Families, Community Mediation Baltimore and The Abilities Network.
Brandon grew up in the Park Heights neighborhood in Baltimore, and he currently lives in Frankford. His parents, A.D. and Donna Scott, still live in Baltimore, along with his brother Justin. His brother Travis honorably serves in the US Navy and is currently stationed in Norfolk, VA.