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Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich Endorses Tom Perez For Maryland Governor

April 12, 2022

ROCKVILLE, MD – Maryland gubernatorial candidate and former Maryland and U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez today announced that Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has endorsed Perez to be the next governor of Maryland.

“Tom has shown he has a heart and mind that understands justice and equity, and he clearly has the experience to actually implement and govern,” Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich said. “That’s exactly the combination we need in our next governor—and it’s why I am proud to endorse him today.”

County Executive Elrich, the head of Maryland’s largest jurisdiction, joins his predecessor, County Executive Ike Leggett in endorsing the Perez-Sneed ticket.

“I’ve known Tom Perez for decades. Whether it’s been his service here in Montgomery County or representing Maryland on the national stage, he’s always been a thoughtful, compassionate, and driven public servant. And he always will be,” Former County Executive Montgomery County Ike Leggett said. “Tom is ready to deliver results as governor. And Maryland is ready for Tom because he can deliver them.”

These officials are part of a historic coalition of Montgomery County leaders supporting Perez, including County Council President Gabe Albornoz, and County Council Vice President Evan Glass.

“Tom’s demonstrated what it means to be an inclusive and innovative advocate for working families at the local, state and national levels of government. He has built broad and long lasting coalitions and has earned his reputation as an authentic leader,” Montgomery County Council President Gabe Albornoz said. “Through it all, Tom has never forgotten where he came from and it’s always focused on where we can go next. He’s uniquely qualified to be our state's next Governor.”

“Tom Perez is a trusted, experienced  leader who’s guided by a moral compass that points toward fairness,” Montgomery County Council Vice President Evan Glass said. “Tom has a proven track record of getting things done and expanding access and opportunity. I know that he will make an outstanding Governor and will create a more equitable and inclusive future for all Marylanders.”

In addition, former Montgomery County Councilmembers Bruce Adams, Nancy Floreen, George Leventhal, and Duchy Trachtenberg today also announced their endorsement of the Perez-Sneed ticket.

“Tom Perez will be the “get-it-done” governor. He’s a problem-solver, a consensus builder, and a leader who listens, Former Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen said.  “As Council President he helped mediate longstanding development disputes in Clarksburg and was chosen by President Obama to go in and resolve the massive Verizon strike. He’s always ensured that every voice was heard and that everyone had a seat at the table. He’ll continue that work as Maryland’s governor.”

“I am so proud to support my friend and colleague Tom Perez for Governor, “ former Montgomery County Councilmember George Leventhal said. “I’ve seen his leadership firsthand when we served together on the Montgomery County Council. He was an early and forceful champion for the Purple Line and a strong advocate to expand access to health care for our underserved communities. Tom is the leader Maryland needs.”

“I’ve known Tom for almost 22 years. In that time, I’ve come to value his sense of fairness, compassion and perseverance. At every level, he has focused his efforts on working families, those looking for a better life, and others walking in the shadows because of illness or poverty,” said Former Montgomery County Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg. “He has always led with his beautiful heart and keen mind. That’s just what we need in Annapolis — a Governor who understands that state government can and should always make a difference.”

“While I am impressed by the strong field of Democratic candidates for Governor, it's clear Tom Perez is the best qualified for the job,” Former Montgomery Councilmember Bruce Adams said. “He has proven over and over at all levels of government that he knows how to get things done.”

Tom Perez and Shannon Sneed are building a diverse coalition, which includes unprecedented  statewide support from Maryland labor organizations, including 32BJ SEIU, SEIU Local 500, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Communications Workers of America (CWA), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and more.

In total, over 100 union locals representing over 120,000 households throughout Maryland have endorsed the Perez-Sneed team.

“We’re so proud to have the support of County Executive Elrich and so many other respected leaders from across Montgomery County and our state who share our vision to fight for jobs, justice and opportunity for every Marylander,” Tom Perez said. “It means so much to me to earn their trust, their support, and their partnership in our campaign. Together we’ll continue our historic fight for working families so we can continue to get things done.”

The Perez-Sneed campaign has also garnered major endorsements from a rapidly growing number of national, state, and local officials, including Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi; Former President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards; Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison; Maryland State Senator Joanne C. Benson, Prince George’s County; Maryland State Senator Cory McCray, Baltimore City; Maryland State Delegate Luke Clippinger, Baltimore City; Maryland State Delegate Bonnie Cullison, Montgomery County; Maryland State Delegate Carl Jackson, Baltimore County; Maryland State Delegate Robbyn Lewis, Baltimore City; Maryland State Delegate Lesley Lopez, Montgomery County; Maryland State Delegate Julie Palakovich Carr, Montgomery County; Maryland State Delegate Kirill Reznik, Montgomery County; Maryland State Delegate Dana Stein, Maryland State Delegate Vaughn Stewart, Montgomery County; Baltimore County; Charles County Commissioner President Reuben Collins; College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn; Mount Rainier Mayor Celina Benitez; Baltimore City Councilmember Kristerfer Burnett; Baltimore City Councilmember Ryan Dorsey; Baltimore City Councilmember Danielle McCray; Hyattsville Councilmember Rommel Sandino; Former State Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Matthews; Former Maryland State Delegate Salima Marriott Gibbs; Former Baltimore City Council President Mary Pat Clarke; Former Prince George’s County Council Chairman Sam Dean.

To learn more about the Perez-Sneed campaign, please visit tomperez.com.