Valerie believes that politics is aspirational and that government plays an important role in the lives of people. Her work as a legislator has focused on connecting government, business, education and the safety net to serve the needs of all residents of our community.
She has championed the issues that people in Montgomery County care about ranging from promoting local stewardship of taxpayer money through local investment, attracting and retaining employment, promoting transportation options, addressing food insecurity issues, improving childhood nutrition, closing the Achievement Gap, and the many local neighborhood and civic issues that mean so much to her neighbors and friends.
Valerie served as Council President in 2011 and made her mark as a strong, independent voice who along with her colleagues weathered the storm of one of the toughest budgets in recent memory, which occurred during the height of the great recession. The County came out of that year with a fiscal plan that has put the county on the road to recovery.
Councilmember Ervin is a woman who sees hard truths and focuses on innovative strategies for solving problems. She believes that residents and businesses choose to call Montgomery County home because of our outstanding quality of life. Our highly educated workforce, top-tier school system, rich cultural opportunities, and proximity to the nation’s capital are just a few factors that contribute to making our county’s future bright.
She has said that, “Our county should be nothing less than a national model for how all community interests can imagine and achieve a bright future. The people of Montgomery County deserve nothing less, and we should hold ourselves accountable for delivering this outcome.”
Ervin has received many awards for her public service including: Washingtonian Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Award in 2011; Maryland’s Top 100 Women from the Daily Record in 2008 and 2012; Long Branch Athletic Association’s Community Hero Award in 2010; Phyliss Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award from the Center for Non-Profit Advancement in 2008; John Greeley Award from Liberty’s Promise in 2008; and the Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award from Community Bridges in 2007.
Governor O’Malley named Ervin to the Chesapeake Bay Trust, which is a non-profit, grant-making organization created to promote public awareness and participation in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. She received a 2008-2009 Rawlings Fellowship from the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland.