Marc Elrich has served as an At-large Montgomery County Councilmember since 2006. He currently chairs the Council’s Public Safety Committee and is a member of the Education Committee. He also represents the Council on the Transportation Planning Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. In his time on the Council he has been willing to buck the system and is not willing to “go along to get along”. It’s not uncommon for him to stand alone and not vote with the majority when residents have felt that their concerns have not been adequately addressed. His role is to represent you, not to vote in a way that makes it appear that Council positions are unanimous.
Q: Describe yourself on the political spectrum (i.e., fiscal conservative/social liberal, libertarian, social moderate/fiscal liberal).
A: I’m a social liberal and a fiscal pragmatist. I recognize the reality of limited resources. I want the highest return on each dollar spent.
Q: What is the biggest challenge facing Montgomery County today?
A: Development hasn’t paid for the schools, transportation infrastructure, & green space it requires. That negatively impacts quality of life.
Q: What is the one thing – project or program – that you want to achieve?
A: I want to partner with our workforce to restructure county government so we can pivot human and capital resources to our priorities.
Q: How will you pay for your project/program?
A: Restructuring government would save money so we can maintain services and meet rising needs that current budget constraints won’t allow.