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Maryland liberals challenge Democratic establishment
Washintgon Post, Wednesday, October 12, 2011
A couple of liberal black female politicians from Prince George's and Montgomery counties are challenging the Maryland Democratic establishment on behalf of minorities and the D.C. suburbs. And I say it's about time.
One is Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D), the Prince George's-based congresswoman who, in her second term, is a vice chair of both the liberal and progressive caucuses in the House. The other is Montgomery County Council President Valerie Ervin (D-Silver Spring), who is also emerging as a potent local political figure.
UFCW Local 400 Praises Ervin for Leadership
UFCW400.org, Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Calling it an innovative solution to the threat big box stores pose to the quality of life and living standards in Montgomery County, retail and grocery workers represented by United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 announced their strong support for County Council President Valerie Ervin's Big Box Community Empowerment Bill.
"Valerie Ervin has shown great leadership and courage in introducing the Big Box Community Empowerment Bill," said UFCW Local 400 President Tom McNutt. "She is taking a bold step to empower county residents to protect their neighborhoods, preserve their quality of life, and maintain their living standards, rather than let them watch helplessly as big box stores devastate their communities.
Ervin is a Force in the 'New' Montgomery County
The Washington Informer, Thursday, February 24, 2011
The leader of Montgomery County's legislative body has become a power broker for the county's increasingly diverse populace and the major facilitator for discussions on how the county will balance its budget for 2012.
Valerie Ervin is the president of the Montgomery County Council, the first Black woman elected by her colleagues to that position, as well as the first Black female and second Black to serve on the county's legislature. Ervin wants to prepare the residents for the "New" Montgomery County.
Josh Kurtz: Nobody Asked Me, but...
Center Maryland, Tuesday, December 21, 2010
With her stirring speech, free of most of the usual platitudes, about the traditionally "eyes glaze over" topic of maintenance of effort laws, new Montgomery County Council President Valerie Ervin (D) emerged as the star of the breakfast.
Most insiders expect her to run for county executive in 2014, and she made it clear that she'll be a force to be reckoned with.
Endorsements in Montgomery County races
Washington Post, Tuesday, October 26, 2010
In Montgomery County, the watchword in local elections this year is austerity. The county is struggling to plug projected budget deficits, meet generous contractual obligations to public employees and steel itself for the likelihood of steep cuts in state funding.
Voters will elect nine members of the county council to grapple with those issues -- five of them in districts, four at-large.
Valerie Ervin: Informing the Electorate
Access Montgomery, Monday, October 25, 2010
Forest Glen declared 'Quiet Zone' (Video)
TBD.com, Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Starting Nov. 1, residents around the Forest Glen Road train crossing will get to experience something rare: relative silence. The area has been declared Maryland's first "Quiet Zone," meaning that trains passing through that particular crossing no longer have to sound their whistles.
Conductors can still sound their whistles at the crossing if they need to, Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) said in a statement, but the federal rule requiring them to do so doesn't apply in the "Quiet Zone."
Candidates prepared for tougher times
The Gazette, Wednesday, October 13, 2010
In most political circles, it's accepted that there is little purpose to a general election in Montgomery County. With nearly 322,000 Democrats and less than 122,000 Republicans out of 569,000 registered voters, there may be some merit to that thought, but that doesn't mean the races are decided in the closed party primaries...
Valerie Ervin, who will likely be the council's next president, is a far superior choice to challenger Joseph Russek. Ervin knows how to maneuver among the county's leadership. She also has expertise in education, which will be critical as the county chooses a new superintendent. One of her key roles as president will be the assignment of committee chairs, which will direct the county on key issues like transportation, economic development and public safety. Ervin has an intuitive understanding of her colleagues' strengths that will help guide those decisions.
Montgomery neighborhood could have a powerful grip on county council
The Washington Post, Sunday, September 19, 2010
Montgomery County stretches across a diverse terrain of more than 495 square miles. But if political wisdom in the heavily Democratic county holds, four of nine County Council members will live within three miles of one another by year's end.
Three council members already do, right along the Takoma Park-Silver Spring border.
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.
Council Vice President
Montgomery County Council - District 5
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