Executive Priorities 

"That's what drives me... I teach, I touch the future... we're not governing for today we're governing for tomorrow  and the day's  that will come after."
-Marc Elrich

A Vision for a Better Tomorrow

Watch Marc's Inauguration speech as he is sworn in as the 7th Montgomery County Executive on December 3, 2018.  

Priority Areas and Indicators

Thriving Youth and Families
Getting all children off to a good start in life has innumerable long-term benefits for our community, including a stronger economy, lower poverty, and less crime.  Children need healthy, supportive families, great schools, and caring communities. 
A Growing Economy
Montgomery County's high wealth and low unemployment rate mask economic disparities as well as other warning signs, such as slow business growth and problems with office vacancies.  Maintaining and improving our quality of life depends on a strong local economy.  We need to have a business-friendly attitude and incubate the next generation of job creators. 
A Greener County
County government has committed to zero Greenhouse Gas emissions by 2035, an ambitious – but achievable – target, and necessary to combat climate change.  In the same spirit, we should endeavor to significantly reduce our waste stream and keep our county litter-free. 
Easier Commutes
Sitting in traffic can be extremely frustrating for Montgomery County residents.  Moving people and goods more efficiently is an economic imperative, not to mention the mental health benefits.  Starting with the outcomes in mind opens many possibilities, from expanding transportation options to better utilizing our existing roadways to encouraging telecommuting. 

A More Affordable and Welcoming County
Montgomery County's high cost of living reflects the fact that this is a great place to live.  However, it is barrier to attracting and retaining young professionals and a hardship for many of our residents, including seniors with fixed incomes and families struggling to make ends meet, to the point where some of them experience hunger and homelessness.  Even many public servants, like teachers and firefighters, can't afford to live where they work.  We need to find creative solutions to make Montgomery County a place where people across the wealth spectrum can pursue their dreams and immigrants can find a home. 

Safe Neighborhoods
The recent Montgomery County resident survey reinforced that safety is the foundation of our quality-of-life.  Safe neighborhoods don't just have low crime; they are walkable, active communities with places for people to congregate and have fun. 
Effective, Sustainable Government
The survey showed that fewer than half of residents feel that the value they get for their tax dollars is 'excellent' or 'good.'  We need to restructure county government so that it is more cost-effective and ensure that it is fiscally sound for the future.