Growing up in Montgomery County, Marc Elrich was first motivated to get involved in politics after witnessing racial injustice. Some of his earliest work was at the grassroots level doing community and tenant organizing and later advocating for responsible land use policies.
After teaching at Rolling Terrace Elementary School for 17 years, Elrich decided to run for public office to make more of an impact. He served for nearly 20 years as a council member on the Takoma Park City Council.
In 2006, he was elected to the Montgomery County Council as an at-large member, where he served for three terms. Some of his biggest pieces of legislation while in the position include raising the county’s minimum wage to $11.50 and proposing building a countywide Bus Rapid Transit system to help with transportation and environmental issues.
In 2018, he was elected county executive and has focused his time making Montgomery County a more equitable and inclusive place to live and work. Some of his efforts include expanding access to pre-K education, signing the Racial Equity and Social Justice Bill, opening small business centers across the county and reforming procurement processes.