Maryland gubernatorial candidate Alec Ross talks about his campaign at Compass Coffee in northwest D.C. on Dec. 13. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)
Alec Ross helped work on Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign administration, served as a senior adviser to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and released last year a New York Times bestselling book, “The Industries of the Future.”
Now the 46-year-old technology entrepreneur must try to convince Democrat voters in Maryland he’s the top choice among seven other gubernatorial challengers in the June 26 primary election.
His website touts various proposals that include more investments into child care, require all Maryland schools to offer computer science courses by 2022 and automatic voter registration.
A native of Charleston, West Virginia, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He touts as one of his proudest professional achievements his work as a sixth-grade teacher at Booker T. Washington Middle School, which is located in a Black neighborhood in West Baltimore.
It’s also personal because that’s where he met his future wife, Felicity, who taught