Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam Elira.
Sam, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
As a long-life resident of Prince George’s County, and a son of immigrants, I have a close connection to the county.
My family migrated here from Haiti when I was the tender age of 5 years old. My dad would often tell the story of the challenges he beset in trying to secure a better future for his family.
Many times, he was denied approval to relocate, but he was persistent. It is this same level of persistence and desire for a better future that is embedded in me and continues to guide me which I owe to my success.
I am a product of Prince George’s County public schools. I also attended the illustrious Bowie State University where I obtained a BS in Criminal Justice. I understand the value of education.
I want to make sure we are investing in education to ensure we have better public schools to send our children to.
Growing up, I’ve always had a drive and desire to listen to the beat of my drum and the courage to chase my dreams.
After graduating from Bowie State University, I attended Western Michigan Cooley, Law School. I am now the managing attorney at the Elira Law Firm, a general practice boutique firm located in Bowie, Maryland right in the heart of City Hall. I am currently a candidate for County Councilman At-Large for Prince George’s County.
As an attorney, I have a passion for helping people. I want to bring that same passion to the county council to find ways to build a better Prince George’s County where everyone is treated with the same level of care no matter who they are-regardless of class, race, or gender.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The road has not been easy. Some of the struggles have been trying to stay on the right path and remain focused on certain temptations of life inter alia my environment.
Additionally, I had children fairly young, so it was always challenging having to work, complete school work, and also make time for my two boys. Attending law school in Michigan, was particularly rough because I did not know anyone in Michigan at the onset, and I was away from my sons.
I would get homesick because I wanted to be in their company; not to mention, that all of my friend and family was in Maryland.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about The Elira Law Firm, LLC?
I am the founding partner of the Elira Law Firm, LLC. His areas of practice include but are not limited to Criminal, Personal Injury, Family, Business Law, Complex Civil Litigation, Immigration, and Landlord and Tenant matters.
As a licensed Maryland attorney and passionate advocate for justice, Mr. Elira takes a unique approach to be a lawyer by showing my clients that he genuinely cares about the clients and their cases. Prior to building my law practice, I served as a judicial law clerk for a prominent Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge and worked at two leading general practice law firms in Maryland.
In these roles, I managed a substantial case docket, made countless recommendations on legal issues and motions; drafted several legal opinions, and litigated numerous legal matters in various counties in Maryland.
I am thrilled about helping my clients face and overcome their legal challenges. I identify with my clients and will work tirelessly to ensure that they are treated fairly in the courtroom and their cases get the best possible resolution.
Additionally, I am the off-campus advisor for his fraternal organization, Groove Phi Groove S.F.I. at Bowie State University. I am also the current Business Officer for the East Coast Chapter of the Tuskegee Airman Incorporation.
In his free time, I enjoy reading; spending time with family, giving back to his community by mentoring, volunteering with his local church, and frequently speaking to the youth at the local public schools.
What are your plans for the future?
I am currently a candidate for County Councilman At-Large for Prince George’s County. I decided to run for public office because I want to be the change that I want to see instead of complaining about the ineffective leadership in the county.
As an attorney, I have a passion for helping people. I want to bring that same passion to the county council to find ways to make a better prince George’s County where everyone is treated with the same level of care no matter who they are-regardless of class, race, or gender.
My vision for Prince George’s County is clear:
(1) Invest in our education system. That means increasing teacher’s pay and giving teachers tax incentives;
(2) Improve our roads and put emphasis on the beautification of the county;
(3) Invest in our small business owners and give incentives to other businesses to invest in the county;
(4) Lower property tax; and
(5) Raise mental health awareness.
Early voting is July 7-14 and the primary election is July 19, 2022. Folks can learn more about my vision for Prince George’s County at http://electsamuelelira.com/
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