A Message from Valerie Ervin


By now, you may have heard that today I announced that - after nearly a decade as an elected leader in Montgomery County - I am expanding my work on policy issues that impact working people by becoming executive director of the Center for Working Families.

The Center for Working Families is a non-profit organization that seeks a more just world--one where jobs that pay a living wage are plentiful, health care is affordable, access to educational opportunities are abundant, and retirements are secure.

Becoming executive director of the Center for Working Families is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I was both surprised and honored to be asked to pursue these issues at the national level. After careful reflection and deliberation with my family, friends and supporters, I believe that leading this organization will enable me to have a greater impact on the issues I care about most.

I started my political career as a concerned mom, who cared about the welfare of all of the children in our community, and this will never change. As I transition to a broader platform, my experiences in this community will serve me well.

In January, the Council will appoint my successor, who will serve until the Council's current term ends on December 1, 2014. Until January 3, I will wrap up projects I am working on for the residents of District 5.

I am proud of the work I have done on issues including: raising the minimum wage; increasing child care subsidies for working parents; ensuring that prevailing wages are paid on construction projects; providing contract protections for service workers; expanding summer food and universal breakfast programs for children; and creating the first county-wide food recovery network in the nation. As chair of the Council's Education Committee, and a former member of the Board of Education, I have focused on major initiatives to close the achievement gap. I have also been a strong advocate for marriage equality.

You can view my full record here.

I appreciate the relationships that I have developed with many of you through the years and with elected leaders throughout the Washington Metropolitan Region. I also want to thank my colleagues on the County Council.

It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the residents of District 5. Thank you for allowing me to make a difference and for your ongoing support and friendship. Together we have accomplished great things, and I know that the best is still to come.


Valerie Ervin

Monthly Email Newsletter from Valerie

December 4, 2013

November 26 was a historic moment, as the Council voted to raise Montgomery County's minimum wage to $11.50 per hour over four years. I was proud to cosponsor this bill with Councilmembers Marc Elrich and Nancy Navarro because it was the morally right step to take for our residents.

Councilmember Valerie Ervin Scores with 3rd Annual Audacity of Hoops Tournament in Silver Spring

October 31, 2013

Maryland Lt. Governor Brown, County Executive Leggett, D.C. Councilmember Bowser, Prince George's Councilmember Toles Among Those Expected as Department of Recreation, IMPACT Silver Spring, Pyramid Atlantic, Hold Free Event on Sat., Nov. 2.

Montgomery Councilmember Valerie Ervin To Be Honored as a Champion of Education

October 28, 2013

Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin on Tuesday, Oct. 29, will be recognized as a Champion of Education by CollegeTracks as the organization celebrates 10 years of success.

3rd Annual Audacity of Hoops Tournament Rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2

October 10, 2013

The third annual Audacity of Hoops Silver Spring 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12, in downtown Silver Spring has been rescheduled because of likely poor weather conditions.

Councilmember Ervin Joins Montgomery, Prince George's and DC Colleagues in Support Of Regional Minimum Wage Increase

October 9, 2013

Montgomery Councilmembers Marc Elrich and Valerie Ervin; Prince George's Chair Andrea Harrison and Councilmember Toles; and D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson Unite to Support $11.50 'Regional' Minimum Wage.

Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin Purple Line EIS Comments

October 3, 2013

Outlining the need for the Purple Line to Maryland's Secretary of Transportation.

Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin to Share Her Legislative Experience With Richmond City Council

September 27, 2013

Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia on Monday, Sept, 30, will be among the leaders addressing the Richmond City Council at its fall retreat on the University of Richmond campus.

Councilmember Valerie Ervin Scores with 3rd Annual 'Audacity of Hoops' 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in Silver Spring

September 16, 2013

Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin, who represents District 5 that includes the eastern part of the county from Howard County to the District of Columbia, and Gabe Albornoz, director of the Montgomery County Recreation Department, are partnering with IMPACT Silver Spring and Pyramid Atlantic to host the third annual Audacity of Hoops Silver Spring 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament on Saturday, Oct. 12, in downtown Silver Spring.

Capital Crescent Trail and the Purple Line's Final Environmental Impact Statement

September 16, 2013

It not only describes how the Purple Line will significantly improve east-west mobility by providing frequent light rail service, it also discusses the Capital Crescent Trail — which, for the first time, provides a paved, separated trail from Bethesda to Silver Spring.

Montgomery Councilmember Valerie Ervin, Food Recovery Work Group Annouce Action Plan to Implement First County-wide Food Recovery Program in the Nation

September 3, 2013

Group Will Detail What is Needed to Create a Program to Help the Hungry and Reduce Food Waste, on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Montgomery College in Rockville.


I want to express my heartfelt thanks to you, your family and your friends for supporting me in the 2010 General Election. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve my community for a second term as a member of the Montgomery County Council. I will continue my work on important issues like education, public safety, the environment and improving the lives of working families.

We have accomplished great things by working together throughout the last four years; however, there is still more work to do. In a leadership role on the County Council, I am committed to working with all of my colleagues to enhance the quality of life in Montgomery County.

Thanks so much for all you have done, and thank you in advance for your support in the future.


Valerie Ervin

Valerie Ervin
Council Vice President
Montgomery County Council - District 5

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