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Marc Elrich


Councilmember Marc Elrich

About Marc


As a Councilmember at-large, it is my pleasure to represent dynamic and diverse communities throughout Montgomery County as we develop and implement a vision for our future.

I am eager to hear from you and to discuss the many interconnected issues we face, including growth, transportation, housing, economic justice,school quality, climate change, congestion, economic development,  and public safety. I want the priorities of Montgomery County residents to determine the services that the County provides and drive the investments we make for our future.

I am happy to come speak with your civic or community group so that I can learn about your community's needs and vision for the future and also let you know what pressing issues are facing the County and what you can do to help. Please contact me to arrange a time to talk, to learn more about the Council's work and the issues the County is confronting. I want to know what you think, so please don't hesitate to contact me.

Contact me in the following ways: Via e-mail at: • By phone at: 240-777-7966 or 240-777-7914 (TTY for hearing impaired) • By mail to: Councilmember Marc Elrich / 100 Maryland Avenue / Rockville, Maryland 20850

An Experienced Advocate for Change

Marc Elrich was elected to his first at-large term on the Montgomery County Council in November 2006 to represent all residents and their concerns throughout the county. Marc chairs the Council's Public Safety Committee, where he focuses on ensuring the best quality service, resources, and accountability for the County’s Departments of Police, Fire and Rescue Services, Corrections and Rehabilitation, Consumer Protection, and the courts. Marc is also a member of the Council’s Education Committee, where he brings his 17 years of experience as a former Montgomery County Public Schools teacher (and parent) to bear on issues related to our school system and Montgomery College. He also serves as Council representative on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board and the Metropolitan Development Policy Committee.

Since joining the Council, Marc has successfully advocated for initiatives to:

  • Raise the minimum wage as the author of legislation to do so regionally, so workers will see a real and significant increase in the wages they earn for a hard day’s labor;
  • Protect Ten Mile Creek, the county’s last, best stream;
  • Begin the design and implementation of a rapid transit system for Montgomery County to add a meaningful and comprehensive transit alternative to get cars off the road and reduce emissions;
  • Reduce overcrowding in our schools by setting limits on residential development if classroom space is not available;
  • Strengthen tenant rights and protections after serving on the County’s Tenant Work Group;
  • Support small businesses by increasing the percentage of County contract dollars to be awarded to local small businesses;
  • Advancing legislation for paid family and sick leave in the County;
  • Protect the character and beauty of national historic parks by prohibiting the building or expanding of large accessory structures adjacent to their boundaries;
  • Reinstate a Policy Area transportation test in the 2007 Growth Policy
  • Protect our schools from overcrowding by setting limits on residential development if classroom space is not available
  • Provide property tax relief to homeowners living in their primary residence;
  • Assist public transit users by reinstating Ride-on bus service on key routes;
  • Ensure that the people caring for our children and our homes have contracts to ensure fair pay and protection from abuse;
  • Cosponsored Councilmember Berliner's groundbreaking climate protection legislation:
    • to increase fuel economy of county vehicles, reduce the number of inefficient vehicles used, institute a car-sharing program, devise a telecommuting plan, and require the use of biodiesel fuel by certain county vehicles;
    • to improve energy efficiency in buildings by developing plans for county buildings and creating financial incentives for private structures to build the most efficient buildings possible;
    • to encourage home energy audits and provide new homeowners with energy consumption data from the previous year and tips on home repairs that would improve energy efficiency;
    • to develop a renewable energy action plan for the county, including a property tax credit for the installation of renewable energy devices;
    • to establish a home energy loan fund to assist homeowners in making energy-efficient improvements to their homes;
  • Protect pedestrian safety in local neighborhoods by prohibiting large commercial and recreational vehicles from parking on residential streets.
  • Protect the water quality of the Upper Paint Branch stream system by reducing the amount of impervious surface area permitted there;
  • Introduce legislation to ensure adequate green space by preventing new developments from using a green roof to meet green space requirements;
  • Prohibit the County's retirement system from investing in businesses with holdings in Sudan;
  • Revise the Disability Retirement System to provide consistency, accountability and fairness across departments;
  • Protect local consumers from fraudulent sales of stolen goods by extending reporting requirements for the sale of secondhand goods to online retailers;
  • Require that a seller disclose the estimated property tax bill for the first year of home ownership to prospective buyers in advertisements;
  • Require pedestrian and bicyclist impact statements for capital projects;
  • Prohibit discrimination based on gender identity in housing, employment, public accommodation or taxicabs.
  • Restrict the use of trans fats in county restaurants;

Marc served 10 terms as a member of the Takoma Park City Council where he focused on practical solutions to the problems faced by his constituents.  He helped oversee a budget of $19.3 million and the services the City provides directly, including a library, housing department, police service, public works, recreation facilities, waste collection and recycling program.

Marc developed expertise in planning, economic development and transportation while serving on the Montgomery County Transportation Policy Report Task Force, the Silver Spring Redevelopment Task Force and on a County advisory committee reviewing a sector plan.  He was president of his civic association and has been a leader in civic groups working to decrease traffic congestion. He also has been an active member of citizen groups advocating for improvements for schools, sustainable development, the environment, equality and rights.

Planning for the Future

Currently, Marc is proposing a rapid transit system for the county as a major transportation infrastructure investment.  A countywide rapid transit system could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ease congestion, and allow economic development without the negative traffic consequences.

Marc served on the Montgomery County Council's Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee (PHED) for much of his first two terms on the Council and continues to attend meetings there regularly. Focusing on the work of the PHED Committee allows him to help ensure that development occurs at a pace that fits our infrastructure's ability to handle it. Today our schools, roads, police and fire services are falling behind.

Education and Juvenile Issues

Marc is the Chair of the Council's Public Safety Committee, where he takes a special interest in juvenile justice issues.

As a 5th grade teacher at Rolling Terrace Elementary School for 17 years prior to being elected to the Council, Marc was a strong supporter of smaller class sizes, school modernization and curriculum that helps students to learn.  As a Councilmember, he focuses on improving education and opportunity for all Montgomery County students.

Local Roots

Marc attended Montgomery County Public Schools and graduated from Einstein High School. He earned a BA in History from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University.

Marc raised his now adult children in Montgomery County and has four grandchildren.

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