Maryland Working Families Endorses Valerie Ervin for Congress
Ervin “stands out as an exceptional leader” for working families
COLLEGE PARK – The Maryland Working Families board today endorsed Valerie Ervin for Congress in Maryland’s Eighth District, citing her record of service for working families as a parent advocate, on the Montgomery County Council and as an innovative leader on social change campaigns.
“Among a strong group of candidates, Valerie Ervin stands out as an exceptional leader and the person we want to send to Congress to build on that leadership to make progressive change for Maryland and our country,” said Charly Carter, executive director of Maryland Working Families. “As a former labor organizer and union member, Valerie understands what working families need to succeed and prosper. She shares our values and will work for the interests of her district and every American who is falling into the widening gap between rich and poor.”
Valerie was elected twice to the Montgomery County Council where her policy accomplishments included raising the minimum wage, expanding universal pre-kindergarten, establishing the nation’s first county-wide food recovery network, increasing childcare subsidies, improving childhood nutrition and expanding universal breakfast programs and developing models for closing the academic opportunity gap. She served as Montgomery County Council President in 2011 and led the county’s recovery following the financial collapse and recession. More recently, Valerie has become a national figure championing the issue of women’s economic security and highlighting the need to change policies that keep women from lifting themselves and their families out of poverty.
Maryland Working Families staff and affiliates conducted comprehensive interviews with candidates who sought the organization’s endorsement. Candidates, including Valerie Ervin, were also asked to sign the Maryland Working Families Candidate Compact (attached), pledging to lead on legislation and policies that affect families, including addressing and eradicating structural racism, reforming immigration policies, setting higher workplace standards, reforming criminal justice policies, creating a safer energy future, eliminating job-threatening trade policies and ensuring quality education.
“It is a privilege to receive the endorsement of Maryland Working Families,” said Valerie Ervin. “Their principles of equity, justice and opportunity are the very same that I have been fighting for my entire career and are the same principles that drove me to get into this race. I’m running for all of us. When you see me, envision a powerful coalition that represents the interests of those who see a future for our district in which everyone has a fair shot to prosper and thrive.”
“This was a difficult choice to make in a field of candidates who are also powerful forces for working families,” said Jaime Contreras, Maryland Working Families board member and Vice President 32BJ SEIU DC/VA/MD. “As a passionate champion for low-wage workers, Valerie has an unparalleled track record and an ability to bring people together to make change and win elections.”
Maryland Working Families is a grassroots independent political organization fighting for a government that represents the values and work for the needs of Maryland’s working families. Maryland Working Families achieves our goals on behalf of our more than 30,000 activists in the state by: developing and electing candidates who share our values; organizing issue campaigns to move progressive legislation; and building a movement of working families to hold our leaders accountable. Maryland Working Families affiliates are 1199SEIU, 32BJ, Communities United, CASA in Action, Maryland State Education Association (MSEA), SEIU 500 and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400. Maryland Working Families is part of the national Working Families Organization.