Why I'm Running

This campaign is about the future of Maryland.

It’s about a new vision for our state where working families come before corporate profits, where we help every kid achieve their full potential, and ensure that we all can thrive regardless of where we were born, the color of our skin, or the size of our bank account.

I’m announcing a run for Governor of Maryland because I truly believe in the vision of Kevin and I’s campaign and I am not giving it up.

My vision for Maryland:

  • Maryland should have the best public schools in the nation, and they should be debt-free;
  • Universal childcare and pre-k for all Maryland families;
  • Maryland lead our nation to 100% renewable energy and have the best clean public transit system in the country.
  • Together, I believe we can have the future we want -- and I invite you to join us.

    Together, we can fight for a $15 minimum wage, fair scheduling, Medicare for All, paid family leave, debt-free college, dignity and sanctuary for immigrants, and an end to all new fossil fuel infrastructure in Maryland so we can embrace the clean energy future we deserve.

    Together, we can stand up against the white supremacy, bigotry, and violence sweeping our nation and create a better future for Maryland.

    About Valerie

    Valerie Ervin is a bold advocate for working families who has spent decades in service across Maryland. A former Executive Director of the Center for Working Families and Senior Advisor to the Working Families Party -- Valerie has been a champion across her career for policies like strong public schools, universal pre-k, paid sick leave, fair scheduling, action on climate change, and paid family leave.

    If elected, Valerie would make history for Maryland as America’s first Black woman governor, and as Maryland’s first female Governor. Just six weeks before the Democratic Primary, Val’s running mate Kevin Kamenetz tragically died -- leaving Val to continue the campaign in his stead.

    Val got her start in grassroots activism as an organizer with United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW).

    A mother and grandmother, Val is a tireless advocate for working families. She was a founding member of the Montgomery County Education Forum and Blacks United for Excellence in Education, and served seven years on the Montgomery County Council after a term on the Montgomery County Board of Education.