Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin Named
Mid-Atlantic Political Action Committee Person of the Year
Councilmember Honored at Camden Yards in Baltimore for
Her Support of Issues Important to Working Families
ROCKVILLE, Md., May 7, 2009—Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin today was named the Mid-Atlantic Political Action Committee’s 2009 Person of the Year at Camden Yards in Baltimore. The Mid-Atlantic Political Action Committee (MAPAC) is a bipartisan group that was formed in 1995 to provide a voice for working Americans at the state and local levels of government.
As the first African-American woman elected to the Montgomery County Council, Ervin was selected as the MAPAC Person of the Year because of her record as an advocate for the interests of working families. Her involvement with organized labor dates back to 1974, when she joined the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union in New Mexico while employed in a retail store.
“As a former UFCW member, organizer and official who later taught and served as dean of students at the National Labor College, Valerie Ervin has been a devoted champion of workers and has courageously fought to ensure fair treatment for County employees every step of the way,” said Alvin Vincent, Jr., president and chairperson of MAPAC.
Since joining the County Council in 2006, Councilmember has become chair of the Council’s Education Committee and also serves on its Management and Fiscal Policy Committee. Her initiatives have centered on working families including her work to dismantle barriers to high-quality child care; her outreach to and advocacy for local small businesses; and her commitment to secure funding for high-quality preschool programs to increase the number of children who begin kindergarten ready to learn. Councilmember Ervin also led the creation of the Universal Preschool Implementation Work Group to determine how Montgomery County will carry out the state’s recommendation that preschool should be provided to all four-year-old children by 2014.
Ervin’s legislative agenda includes her sponsorship of the County’s prevailing wage law (Bill 21-08, Contracts and Procurement – Prevailing Wages – Construction).
“Passing the County’s Prevailing Wage Law was an important first step toward ensuring that working families are paid a fair wage to ensure self-sufficiency,” said Councilmember Ervin. “Otherwise, we all pay in the long-run with higher costs for social services and housing assistance.”
Councilmember Ervin said she was honored to be selected for the prestigious award from MAPAC.
“I am so proud to be recognized as the Mid-Atlantic Political Action Committee’s 2009 Person of the Year,” said Councilmember Ervin. “I have worked all of my life and I am gratified that I am receiving this award because of my commitment to working families. It is truly an honor.”
Councilmember Valerie represents Montgomery County’s District 5, which includes Takoma Park, Wheaton, Kensington and parts of Silver Spring.