COUNTY EXECUTIVE, MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Along with a 17-year career as an educator, Marc Elrich has had a long history of public service and became Montgomery County Executive in 2018.
He had previously served 12 years on the Montgomery County Council and began his career in public service as a councilmember on the Takoma Park City Council from 1987 to 2006.
Throughout his political career, he has been a champion of improving tenants’ rights and for making developers pay for a greater share of the infrastructure cost to build schools and transportation solutions. He was a leader in the fight to preserve Ten Mile Creek in the Clarksburg area by limiting the proposed development.
How can Maryland close the opportunity gap for students?
If we really want to close the opportunity gap and help kids succeed, we need to address the destabilizing impacts of poverty. Kids experience stress when they don’t know where they are going to live the next month, and it is really hard to ask a kid whose stomach hurts on Monday morning because he or she has not eaten a hot meal since Friday lunch to focus on school.
What spurred your decision to enter politics?
I ran for elected office because I thought I could make more of an impact on these and other issues in more systemic ways than I could ever make given three minutes to testify in front of a microphone.