About Marcus Almon
The challenges Marcus Almon faced growing up set him apart from other candidates for Ramsey County judge by providing a unique perspective in truly understanding where people are coming from when they step into his courtroom.
A native of Rome, a small town in Georgia, his hometown didn’t provide much optimism for young men of color. According to him, he is “an example of the ones that should not have made it.”
By the time he entered college, his circumstances had gotten very difficult. His father was no longer around, there was drug abuse in the family, his family was evicted from their home, and his sister became a mother at a young age.
He slept nights on the pullout couch in his grandparent’s den. The thin mattress provided little comfort. The iron rod running down the middle of the pullout was a not-so-gentle reminder that he needed to do something with his life. It was a stark contrast to the private college he attended during the day, but it provided the right motivation to succeed. While his classmates slept in on the weekends, he rose early to scrub fish racks to pay tuition.
Marcus gained maturity and determination at a young age through hard work and dedication. He knew that he could be better than his circumstances.
“I didn’t have the luxury to be philosophical or disillusioned,” he said. “Instead, I finished college and eventually went on to law school.”
“I never forgot where I came from and what it took to get me where I am today,” said Almon. “It’s something that actually helps me do my job better as an attorney, and would help me even more as a judge.”
Marcus Almon’s dedication to the Ramsey County community doesn’t end with service inside the courtroom.
Volunteer with the Open Doors Program speaking to youth and with the African-American Registry.
Participant in a bi-weekly mentoring group for Ramsey County probationers providing hope for those who don’t believe the world has a place for them.
Member of the Board of Directors and acting Secretary for the Neighborhood Justice Center.
Taking time to speak and encourage young people to overcome their circumstances
Why vote for Marcus Almon?
A new, better advocate for Ramsey County
Marcus Almon would bring a fresh perspective to Ramsey County. He has sympathy for people affected by crime, understands the weight of making decisions that affect others’ lives, and believes in being fair to all sides.
In private practice Marcus has represented clients in criminal, civil, guardianships and housing cases. This has given him well-rounded view of the pressures and opportunities in our community.
Advocate for all people
As a public defender he has advocated for everyone from juveniles to the elderly. He has represented people suffering from addiction, homelessness, and mental illness.
Ramsey County expert
From law school to law clerk to public defender to private practice, Marcus Almon has spent his entire career in Ramsey County and knows it well.