MEET: CHRISTOPHER ERVIN


Date of Birth: April 21, 1968, In New York, but grew up in Baltimore

Education: Bachelors in social science at Coppin State University and masters in criminal law at the University of Maryland-College Park.

Employment: 13 years in waste industry and host of a criminal justice radio show, "Talk About It," on WFBR (1540 AM) in Glen Burnie

Family: Girlfriend Wanda Acensio, an accountant; daughter India Ervin, 10, and son Christopher Ervin Jr., 17

Campaign Headquarters: 4301 Ridgewood Avenue

Contact information: (845) 741-8868 or (443) 865-3364

Website www.ervinforcitycouncil.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/ErvinforCityCouncil

Twitter @electervind5

Residence: 4301 Ridgewood Avenue

Length of time living in district: 12-plus years

Active in:

Committee of Concerned Citizens, a neighborhood advocacy group (vice chair)

Lazarus Rights, a prisoner right advocacy group (founder & president)

UniqueEye Group, an economic opportunities group (chairman of economic development)

Prior Political Experience: Has drafted legislation and presented testimony in the Maryland General Assembly

Hobbies: Photography, videography

Best thing that has happened to him: India, his daughter, for whom he has joint custody

Favorite childhood memory: “I’ve been in Baltimore for about 30 years; but I was born and raised in the Bronx. I was one of two black kids on a Dominican baseball team, so that’s saying that I'm very good in baseball and short stop."

Favorite memory of something that has happened in the district: Realization that there is not a single liquor store above Northern Parkway and that that is the major difference between the Upper Pimlico/Mount Washington and Liberty Heights areas

Favorite food: Seafood, because his family is from South Florida and South Georgia

Favorite color: Different shades of brown because it reminds him of the different types of people.

Favorite songs: "Never Too Much" by Luther Vandross and "Love & Happiness" by Al Green

Favorite book: Shogun by James Clavell & The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Favorite saying: "When you’re going through hell, keep going." (Marine Corps)

Favorite sports team: New York Yankees

Three people who inspire him: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr; Malcolm X; and his drill instructor while in the Marines

Mayoral candidate he is supporting: Josh Harris, the Green Party candidate because Harris thinks outside the box

Why people should vote for Christopher Ervin:

“In Baltimore, the 5th district…we have clear lines drawn between the Jews, Blacks, and Muslims, and we don't cross over lines. Somebody needs to facilitate that, get that interaction happening. I am actually the person to do that. I don't see anybody else doing any of that."

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