I am pleased to launch my first campaign to elected office in Virginia's 53rd House of Delegates District. I first went to work for the constituents of the 53rd more than 20 years ago when I was hired by freshman Delegate and former long-time Supervisor James M. “Jim” Scott. Over the last two decades, Jim has remained my political mentor and a close friend. It was while working with Jim that I realized one of the most significant ways I could improve the world was from the ground up, through work at the state and local level. As your Delegate, I will work tirelessly to meet the standard of service he has set during an illustrious 40 year career as a public servant.
As a lifelong resident of Northern Virginia, a parent, a local business owner and an involved civic leader, I bring a deep understanding of the issues that matter to the residents of the 53rd district to the campaign. As a member of the General Assembly I will have an opportunity to impact the issues that affect the quality of our lives every day: reducing traffic congestion, improving schools, and making our community an even safer place to live by taking measures to reduce gun violence.
As a business owner, I will work to ensure the legislature maintains its focus on keeping Virginia a great place to live, work and do business, and steer us away from mean-spirited and divisive social issues that have too often dominated the discussion in the Capitol. I will use the skills I have developed conducting real estate settlements to bring people together and help them understand that all our self-interests are best served when we are able to work together to achieve common sense solutions to the challenges we face.
Marcus Simon is a lifelong resident of Fairfax County, Virginia where he currently resides with his wife Rachel, and two children, Emily and Zachary.
College in 1992 with a Bachelor's degree in Middle East Studies and Journalism from NYU. He attended Law School at American University's Washington College of Law at night.
Marcus went to work for Delegate James M. Scott as his first full time legislative aide. He rented a house in Pimmit Precinct which also served as the unofficial 53rd District local office. Marcus worked on Jim's 1993 re-election campaign and accompanied him to Richmond for the 1993 and 1994 legislative sessions. In 1995 Marcus went to work for then Providence District Supervisor, and candidate for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Katherine K. Hanley. He moved with Kate to the Government Center after her successful special election campaign, and remained on her staff for the next five years.
Upon completion of his military commitment, Marcus entered private practice in 2003 working as a Real Estate attorney in downtown McLean. In 2008 Marcus co-founded the Law Firm of Leggett, Simon, Freemyers & Lyon and Ekko Title, a real estate settlement, title and escrow company. Ekko Title now employees over 40 people at its eight locations throughout Northern Virginia from Fredericksburg in the South to Reston and McLean in the North.
Marcus left the Chairman's office after graduating law school in 1999 and receiving his Commission as an officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. Although he'd volunteered to spend his first year as JAG serving in Korea, his assignment was changed during the final days of his training in Charlottesville, and he was assigned to the Military District of Washington and Ft. Myer, in Arlington. As an Army Captain, Marcus served as a prosecutor where he handled officer misconduct cases and all criminal cases on Ft. Myer, Ft. McNair, and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He also served as a part time Special Assistance United States Attorney prosecuting civilians who committed crimes on federal military installations in the Washington area.
Marcus also provided legal support to the Emergency Operations Command Center on Ft. McNair during the days following the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon.
In 2004 he was appointed by Fairfax County Board Chairman Gerry Connolly to the Fairfax County Advisory Social Services Board which he later chaired, and the Fairfax County Industrial Development Authority where he continues to serve as Vice Chair. He currently serves on the Following Boards, Authorities and Commissions.
Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
NVAR Standard Forms Committee (from 2005)
Fairfax County Bipartisan Election Process Improvement Commission
McLean Planning Committee
Fairfax County Industrial Development Authority - Vice Chair
Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission - Dranesville District Representative
Fairfax County Bar Association
Virginia State Bar
Fairfax County Democratic Committee
Dranesville District Democratic Committee
Kent Gardens PTA
Kent Gardens Recreation Club Board of Directors
Coach - McLean Youth Soccer