Chris Wilhelm is an ESOL teacher at Northwood High School and a progressive policy advocate. He is proud to be a lifelong resident of Montgomery County: he grew up in Silver Spring, and graduated from Montgomery Blair High School. He received B.A. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Maryland and worked as a field organizer for Barack Obama in 2008.
Over the past 10 years he has served his community as a staffer for progressive Democrats like then-State Senator Jamie Raskin and Delegate David Moon. Chris also worked for IMPACT Silver Spring, where he assisted with the annual county council budget process and ran sports programs for immigrant youth and families. He has coached youth soccer and basketball, and is a rabid Maryland basketball fan.
Montgomery County is a great place to live for many people, but Chris is ready to acknowledge our shortcomings on issues of development, equity and sustainability--and to work with neighbors, activists, and other officials to overcome them.
He decided to run for County Council to serve as a progressive, independent voice for residents, and to counter the influence of wealthy campaign contributors on our local politics.