Why I'm Running

As a teacher, I understand that a quality education is the foundation of a successful life. I also understand that a student’s academic success is just as strongly affected by the quality of their life outside of school. Economic, racial, and educational inequality cannot be addressed separately. Our children cannot succeed in school when their families are struggling.

Over 50,000 MCPS Students Live At or Below the Poverty Line

My students inspired me to run, but I will fight for a Council that represents every resident of Montgomery County. We need leaders who will be honest about the challenges we face, from students living in poverty, to environmental degradation, to the outsized influence of big money in local politics.

Let's build a community that lives up to our progressive reputation!


Students from every neighborhood in Montgomery County deserve the resources and support they need to succeed in school, be it special education services, advanced technology coursework, or a well-trained counselor.


Chris will fight for funding and accountability for MCPS, and to expand access to early childhood education and community college.


Montgomery County is not exempt from the national issue of economic inequality. In our county, the unemployment rate for African American residents is 10%, and only 4% for white residents. 


Chris will help build a local economy that helps families build assets - from home ownership to small businesses - that are rooted here in our community.


We must preserve our local environment by pursuing sustainable development, enacting a real zero waste plan, and fully transitioning off of fossil fuels by 2035 at the very latest.

Chris knows we need a Council that will protect our watersheds, and close the Dickenson trash incinerator that pollutes our air and water.


Mailing Address:

4740 Bradley Blvd #202

Chevy Chase, MD 20815

By Authority: Chris Wilhelm for County Council. Elizabeth McMeekin, Treasurer.
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