Asia Davis sings the National Anthem for Politician Marqueece Harris-Dawson and crowd



Marqueece Harris-Dawson (born Nov.ember 7, 1970) is an American politician and the incumbent member of the Los Angeles City Council, representing Los Angeles City Council District 8 of western Southwest Los Angeles.

He took office as Councilperson on 1 July 2015.[1] District 8 includes the Baldwin HillsWest Adams, and Crenshaw communities, and other neighborhoods in western South Los Angeles.[2]

Early life

Harris-Dawson was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles.[3] Councilmember Harris-Dawson grew up in South Los Angeles during the crack cocaine epidemic. His family moved from their neighborhood to protect their children from police and gang violence. [3]

Professional career

Harris-Dawson graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Mathematics. In 1995, he joined Community Coalition under then founder and current Congresswoman Karen Bass.

Political career

Dawson’s first campaign as a community organizer was to change the conditions of schools in South Los Angeles and to infuse equity in the distribution of education funding. [3] As a result of the campaign, South Los Angeles schools received an investment of $153 million for repair and modernization. [3] He served as its President and CEO from 2004 to 2014.[3][4] He was the coordinator for the 1999 re-election campaign of Mark Ridley-Thomas in District 2 of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors .[3]

Harris-Dawson holds a certificate in non-profit management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is an Aspen Institute Pahara Fellow.[3]

Campaign for City Council, 2015

In the primary election for District 8 in 2015, Harris-Dawson received over 62% of the vote for the vacant seat.[5] Because Harris-Dawson won outright, a general election for District 8 was not needed.[6] Term limits forced Bernard C. Parks, Harris-Dawson’s predecessor since 2004, out of office.[7]

City Council


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