Councilmember Valerie Ervin

District 5 Appointment Process


Council President Craig Rice

Just last month, Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice outlined the process to appoint a new Councilmember for District 5.

As you may remember, on Dec. 10, Councilmember Valerie Ervin announced that she was resigning from the Council effective  Jan. 3, 2014 to become executive director of the Center for Working Families.

As provided in Sections 102 and 106 of the County Charter, the Council intends to appoint a new Councilmember for District 5 by Jan. 31, 2014 to complete Ervin’s unexpired term, which ends on Dec. 1, 2014.

Councilmember Valerie Ervin

Former County Councilmember Valerie Ervin

The new Councilmember must reside in District 5 and be registered to vote in the same political party as Councilmember Ervin (Democrat).

According to Rice, the Council intends to select a person who has shown a clear understanding of the issues that are important to residents of District 5. To assure a level playing field for all persons interested in seeking election to the next full term from District 5, the Council expects to appoint a person who does not plan to run for election to that term.

Applicants should submit letters of interest with a resume to Council President Craig Rice, Montgomery County Council,100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850 by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Applications can also be submitted via email to:

Each applicant must be a registered voter in Montgomery County, registered to vote as a Democrat, and, at the time of appointment, a resident of Council District 5. Each resume submitted should include the applicant’s professional and civic experience, political party affiliation, home and office telephone numbers, and home and email addresses. Each application letter, recommendation letter, and resume submitted as part of the appointment process will be made available to the public. Each applicant must submit a confidential County financial disclosure statement for Council review. (The form will be transmitted to each applicant for completion.) Only the financial disclosure statement of the ultimate appointee will be made available to the public.

The Council will decide which applicants to interview. Interviews will be scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17 at the Council Office Building.

Additional interviews, if necessary, will be scheduled for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, and Friday, Jan. 24.


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