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Meet Braxton

Braxton Winston II previously served as an At-Large member and Mayor Pro Tem of Charlotte City Council until December 2023 with a goal of developing a city that is more equitable, accessible, and interconnected.

He is running to be North Carolina's next Commissioner of Labor to make North Carolina the number one state for business and workers.

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Growing Up

Braxton was born in Camp Lejeune, N.C., where his father was stationed in the United States Marine Corps. His mother was a public school math teacher. After his father’s retirement from military service, the family relocated to Brooklyn, New York. As the child of a Marine and a teacher, the importance of education, public service, and a solid work ethic were ingrained in Braxton at an early age.

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Braxton and his mother at school

Education

He flourished academically in the New York City public school system and was enrolled in the demanding PREP 9 program. Braxton thrived at Phillips Academy Andover where he excelled in academics, arts, sports, and student government. At Davidson College he earned a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and was a two-time letterman on the football team.

Work

Braxton is a union stagehand and grip and a member of our region’s robust sports television and entertainment production community. He takes immense pride in being a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Union. He is also the Charlotte Liason, college counselor and Humanities instructor for the Delaware College Scholars Program. He sits on several boards and committees including My Brother’s Keeper Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the Board of Trustees of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Smart Start of Mecklenburg County and Habitat for Humanity's Charlotte Neighborhood Revitalization Committee. 

Braxton answering reporters' questions on behalf of Charlotte City Council
Braxton teaching at Delaware College Scholars Program
Braxton working at a sporting event

CITY COUNCIL

Braxton Winston II served as an At-Large member and Mayor Pro Tem of Charlotte City Council until December 2023 with a goal of developing a city that is more equitable, accessible, and interconnected. He was first elected in 2017 and re-elected twice. 

As North Carolina’s next Commissioner of Labor, Braxton will combine his experience in municipal leadership with his experience as a labor leader to build coalitions of our communities to keep North Carolina a place people want to come to live and work. We can connect the diversity of strengths in our rural and urban communities to work together for the common good of North Carolina's workforce and business communities. 

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