Birthdate: April 21, 1946
Birth Place: Chicago, IL, United States
Residence: Vicksburg, MS
Bill Marcy was born and raised in Chicago and spent summers visiting his grandmother in Mississippi, where he said his black and Choctaw ancestors had lived more than 200 years. He moved to Meridian, Miss., in 2001 and to Vicksburg, in 2010, where he currently resides. Marcy studied chemistry at City Colleges of Chicago and the University of Illinois-Chicago. He studied for three years but stopped short of earning a bachelor's degree.
He joined the National Guard, and then worked as a Chicago police officer from 1968 to 1978 before going into the private sector. He was security director at Miami Omni Hotel, Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach and Cedars Medical Center in Miami.
Marcy was district manager for an electronic security company, Emergency Networks. He worked in the Chicago offices of Edison Security Systems. He retired from Interstate Security Systems as regional vice president in Chicago.
Marcy and his wife, Susan, have seven children.
Bill Marcy is challenging Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, the ranking Democrat and former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, in the November 2012 general election for Mississippi's 2nd Congressional District seat. Thompson has represented the poor, mostly rural district since winning a special election in 1993.
Also on the 2012 general election ballot are independent Cobby Mondale Williams and Reform Party candidate Lajena Williams.
Marcy has a fundraising disadvantage. As of June 30, 2012, he reported having $5,853 in campaign funds, while Thompson had nearly $1.3 million.
Marcy, a retired Chicago police officer, wants to outlaw abortion, cut federal spending and reduce the size of government. He is courting tea party voters and other conservatives as he tries to unseat Thompson, Mississippi's most powerful and connected Democrat, in the state's only majority black district.
Marcy has written two books, "Brainwashing the American Black Child" and "Don't Let Me Confuse You With The Truth." In the latter, he argues that black voters have blindly followed the Democratic Party, to their own detriment.
He writes that blacks can't give a "thoughtful answer" when asked why they vote for Democrats. He says they normally respond that they're Democrats because their parents were and that the Republican Party is the party of white people and rich people.
Marcy ran unsuccessfully for an open seat in the state House of Representatives in 2009. He also ran for Mississippi's 3rd District U.S. House seat in 2008, losing in a nine-person primary. He lost to Thompson in the 2nd District U.S. House race in November 2010, garnering about 37 percent of the vote.
Marcy was the only candidate in the March 2012 Republican primary in Mississippi's 2nd District. Leading into the general election, he received the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Allen West of Florida.
Source: Associated Press