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
Residence: 4301 Ridgewood Avenue
Length of time living in district: 12-plus years
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."