Braxton was born in Camp Lejeune, N.C., where his father was stationed in the United States Marine Corps and his mother taught in the public school system. After his father’s retirement from military service, the family relocated to Brooklyn, N.Y. As the child of a Marine and elementary school teacher, the importance of education, public service and a solid work ethic were ingrained in Braxton at an early age. He flourished academically in the New York City public school system and was enrolled in the demanding PREP 9 program. Braxton was then accepted at Phillips Academy Andover where he again excelled academically and was twice captain of the football team. At Davidson College he earned a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and was a two-time letterman on the football team. Braxton is a union stagehand 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 Community Connections Manager of the Levine Museum of the New South. He sits on several boards and committees including Prep for Prep Alumni Association, the Board of Trustees of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and Habitat for Humanity's Charlotte Neighborhood Revitalization Committee.
Braxton seeks new models of engagement for communities who have historically been left out of the Charlotte decision-making process. As a citizen journalist, he presents the public with stories not covered by traditional media outlets. His journalism serves to amplify and uplift voices from Charlotte’s most challenged communities by providing a lens that focuses on the impacts of injustices in our city. Braxton’s most noted work was inspired by the events in September of 2016 following the fatal police shooting in the University City area of Charlotte.
Braxton Winston was first elected to Charlotte City Council At-Large in 2017 and re-elected to his second term in 2019. He aims to build a city that is more equitable, accessible and interconnected. Charlotte has been defined historically by economic growth and he believes our city council must ensure that all Charlotte residents reap the benefits of that growth.