Cherri Branson Named New Councilmember (Photos & Video)
The Montgomery County Council appointed Cherri Branson to the vacant District 5 Council seat on Jan. 28.
District 5 includes the communities of Burtonsville, Colesville, Silver Spring, Takoma Park and White Oak.
Branson, a Silver Spring resident, will be sworn in later this afternoon and will serve the remainder of Valerie Ervin’s term, which expires Dec. 1, 2014.
Ervin resigned earlier this month to take a new job as Executive Director for the Center for Working Families in New York.
“Cherri Branson has outstanding civic and professional experience, and the Council looks forward to her service,” said Council President Craig Rice. “We were fortunate to have many excellent applicants, and our decision was a difficult one. We deeply appreciate their willingness to serve the community.”
A graduate of Vassar College (B.A.), Indiana University School of Law (J.D.), and Emory University School of Law (LL.M.), Branson has held key staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1989. She is now Chief Counsel for Oversight on the Democratic staff of the House Committee on Homeland Security. She has been president of the African American Democratic Club of Montgomery County. The Council appointed her as a member of the County’s Commission on Redistricting in 2011. She has also served as a member of the Charter Review Commission.
“I am honored to be appointed to the Montgomery County Council,” said Branson. “I am familiar with many of the key issues facing the County and the Council, and I will work quickly to learn more. I pledge to effectively represent the residents of District 5—and all the people of Montgomery County.”
The Clerk of the Circuit Court, Loretta Knight, administered the oath of office during the swearing in ceremony.
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