Marc Rodriguez, a second year law student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, was elected as Annapolis’ Ward 5 Alderman defeating Republican James Appel. Rodriguez’s election makes him the first Latino ever elected as an Alderman in Annapolis.
Rodriguez brings a unique set of experiences to the Annapolis City Council. He grew up travelling between Mexico City and Annapolis before graduating from the University of Michigan. He then spent the next seven years in Hong Kong working in finance and international business development before making his way back to Annapolis and landing at Maryland Carey Law.
Among Rodriguez’s legislative priorities are making Annapolis a more welcoming and inclusive community and implementing a Limited English Proficiency Plan for the City to help its majority Hispanic immigrant community.
Maryland Carey Law alumnus and outgoing Ward 5 Alderman Jared Littmann ’97 endorsed Rodriguez in the race. “I supported Marc Rodriguez to succeed me as the Ward 5 Alderman because of his passion, integrity, intelligence, and ability to work with and listen to people of all backgrounds and perspectives.”
It was while working for Littmann that Rodriguez shared an agonizing story earlier this year in a guest column promoting Annapolis’ Non-discrimination of Foreign-Born Residents ordinance for the Capital Gazette. A young immigrant woman in Annapolis became pregnant with her rapist’s child. She was fired from her job and unable to find new employment while eight months pregnant. Rodriguez wrote, “She knows who her rapist is. This young woman doesn't feel comfortable seeking the help and protections afforded by law that you or I would seek because she doesn't want to risk her status in this country and doesn't trust the system to protect her and her child.”
Against that backdrop, Rodriguez promises to be a zealous advocate for Annapolis’ immigrant population, “As the first Latino ever elected to the Annapolis City Council, I am an advocate for our immigrant community and will directly apply what I learn in my immigration law class to my legislative priorities.”
Countless Maryland Carey Law graduates have sought public office, but not many choose to do so while still enrolled in law school. Asked about his plans for the future as an Alderman and a law student, Rodriguez says that he plans to continue as a full-time student at Maryland Carey Law. “The Alderman position follows a citizen-legislator model. Now that the campaign is over, my two priorities will be serving my community on the Annapolis City Council and being a law student,” he explained. “I want to directly apply what I learn in the classroom to how I represent my community.”