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Ervin backs Edwards for Senate

Silver Spring -- 08/29/2006 -- (Left to Right) Peter Yarrow (of the famed Peter, Paul, and Mary band), Donna Edwards, and Valerie Ervin (candidate for Montgomery County Council) at a fundraiser for Ms. Edwards bid for the U.S. House of Representatives. Ms. Edwards is a Democrat who is running against seven time incumbent U.S. Representative Albert Wynn (also a Democrat) in Maryland's fourth Congressional District). Peter Yarrow headlined the fundraiser, singing and speaking on behalf of Ms. Edwards. The café was crowded with a diverse group of supporters, young and old, as well as African American and white. (Photo by Matthew Paul D'Agostino / Special to the Sun) No Mags, No Sales, No Internet, No TV
Silver Spring -- 08/29/2006 -- (Left to Right) Peter Yarrow (of the famed Peter, Paul, and Mary band), Donna Edwards, and Valerie Ervin (candidate for Montgomery County Council) at a fundraiser for Ms. Edwards bid for the U.S. House of Representatives. Ms. Edwards is a Democrat who is running against seven time incumbent U.S. Representative Albert Wynn (also a Democrat) in Maryland's fourth Congressional District). Peter Yarrow headlined the fundraiser, singing and speaking on behalf of Ms. Edwards. The café was crowded with a diverse group of supporters, young and old, as well as African American and white. (Photo by Matthew Paul D'Agostino / Special to the Sun) No Mags, No Sales, No Internet, No TV (MATTHEW PAUL D'AGOSTINO /)

Former Montgomery County Council president Valerie Ervin, who was briefly a candidate for Congress this year, announced Friday she is endorsing Rep. Donna F. Edwards' campaign for Senate.

Ervin, a Silver Spring resident and a longtime Edwards friend, served on the council from 2006 until 2014, and she remains a prominent figure in Democratic political circles. She considered running for 8th Congressional District this year, but backed out in September.

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Edwards is running against Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Montgomery County for the Senate seat that will be left open in 2017 by the retirement of Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.

"I've watched her fight every single day for Maryland's working families in Congress," Ervin said in a statement. "I know that she will…carry on Barbara Mikulski's legacy of women leadership in the United States Senate."

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Most of Montgomery County's political apparatus -- including current members of County Council and the county's delegation in Annapolis -- has lined up behind Van Hollen in the Senate contest.

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