I am an educator, a community advocate, a grant-writer, a board member of two nonprofit organizations, a coach, a husband, a father, and the author of seven books. As a city council candidate, I am running to write a new and dynamic chapter in Morgantown's story.
My name is Mark Brazaitis, and I am running for a position on Morgantown’s city council.
I have devoted my adult life to helping people—values I try to instill in my children.
I'm a professor of English and direct the West Virginia Writers' Workshop at WVU. I've taught more than 2,000 students and am proud of their success. I'm a former WVU Faculty Senator and have written successful grants totaling thousands of dollars.
As a young man, I served in the Peace Corps as a volunteer and technical trainer in Guatemala, where I worked with subsistence farmers and community health advocates. I'm a founding member of the Appalachian Prison Book Project, which has sent more than 17,000 books to imprisoned people in six Appalachian states. I believe in the power of education to redeem and redirect lives.
One of my proudest associations is with Mountaineers for Integrity and Responsibility (MIR), which worked to convince WVU's then-president to resign in the wake of an image-tarnishing degree scandal and, afterwards, to encourage our university to become more accountable to the vast number of people it serves.
I would like to see Morgantown's city council reflect values of integrity and accountability—and to work tirelessly to sustain and enhance our community's health and prosperity.
Mark with his wife Julie and their two children.