TRUMBULL \u2014 Monday\u2019s meeting of the Trumbull Democratic Town Committee had an unusual twist, as one Bridgeport resident took the opportunity to challenge another to an election primary. Marcus Brown, a 28-year-old member of Bridgeport\u2019s City Council, announced his intention to run for the 22nd District seat in the state Senate. \u201cI thought that Trumbull was the ideal place to make the announcement, because I want to emphasize how important Trumbull is to the 22nd District,\u201d Brown said. \u201cI owe them that.\u201d The district includes all of Trumbull, about a third of Bridgeport, and a small part of Monroe. Bridgeport Democrat Marilyn Moore has held the seat since 2014. \u201cAs a candidate for office, I have the advantage of knowing firsthand what it\u2019s like to be poor, to live in public housing, to be homeless, to attend underfunded, under-performing public schools, and to be a taxpayer,\u201d he said. \u201cThese experiences are the reason that I was compelled to run for public office in the first place.\u201d Brown describes himself as \u201cthe son of a single Italian mother who raised three black children in the Marina Village housing project in Bridgeport\u2019s South End.\u201d His mother worked two jobs to take care of her children, and those of other families. \u201cMy mom worked really hard to not only take care of us, but also to make that extra pot of spaghetti so that the other kids in Marina went to bed with food in their stomachs, too,\u201d he said. When his mother\u2019s job was outsourced, Brown said he and his siblings spent a year homeless. After graduating Central High School, Brown went on to complete two years at Housatonic Community College, and is now taking online classes in law and political science at the University of Massachusetts. He is currently works as an employer relations specialist at The Workplace, a regional job placement nonprofit. In his comments to the Trumbull Democrats, Brown acknowledged the challenge of engaging Trumbull voters in a primary race between two Bridgeport politicians. \u201cThe way I view things, the success of Bridgeport, Trumbull, and Monroe are inextricably linked,\u201d he said. \u201cA vibrant Trumbull and Monroe has a positive impact on Bridgeport, and a thriving inner-city, better schools, and a better quality of life in Bridgeport also makes places like Trumbull and Monroe more attractive places to live.\u201d Another challenge is getting Trumbull Democrats to pay attention to a race and turn out to vote in an August primary, Brown said. \u201cBecause of the party makeup of this district and because it\u2019s a presidential year, this election will most likely be decided in the primary,\u201d he said. \u201cThe people of the 22nd need to decide in August who they want their state senator to be.\u201d If elected, Brown said he would be an advocate for the 22nd District, which he said is shortchanged by the legislature. \u201cThe people of Connecticut\u2019s 22nd state Senate District have been fighting for their fair share for too long,\u201d Brown said. \u201cWe need a voice that will fight for the equity in education, property tax relief, and investments in housing that our district needs and deserves. I promise to be that voice.\u201d Brown was elected to the Bridgeport City Council in 2017 when he defeated a 10-year incumbent in a Democratic Party primary. In his time on the council, Brown said he led the effort to pass a moratorium and mediation program to reduce WPCA foreclosures. He also worked on a senior tax relief program and on the Tobacco 21 ordinance, which made Bridgeport the second community in the state to ban tobacco sales to people under 21. \u201cThese are the kind of results that I want to deliver for the 22nd District,\u201d he said.