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Anyone interested in replacing Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) on the Montgomery County Council will have to send materials to the council by early January.

Letters of interest and a resume should be submitted to Council President Craig Rice by Jan. 8. The council plans to make a decision by Jan. 31.

Ervin, of Silver Spring, will resign Jan. 3 to become executive director of the New York-based Center for Working Families, a nonprofit advocacy organization.

All applicants must, like Ervin, be a resident of District 5 and be registered in Montgomery County as a Democrat.

Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said in a press release on Dec. 11 that the council intends to appoint someone who does not intend to run for election for a full term in 2014.

Resumes should include the applicant’s professional and civic experience, party affiliation, home and work telephone numbers and email addresses, according to a county release.

The applications, letters of recommendation and resumes will be made public.

Applicants also must fill out a confidential financial disclosure statement. Only the disclosure form of the person who is ultimately appointed will be made public.

Applicants are not required to send letters of recommendation, although the council may ask for that information at a later date, said council spokesman Neil Greenberger.

After the applications are received, the council will decide who to bring in for interviews.

Interviews will be scheduled for 2 p.m. on Jan. 17 at the Council Office Building in Rockville. If needed, other interviews will be held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 22 and Jan. 24.

Greenberger said his office has gotten numerous phone calls from people asking about the position.

“I think it’s going to be a pretty spirited position of interest,” he said.

Ervin said Thursday that she’s thought long and hard about who she’d like to replace her and has someone in mind, but feels it would be premature to announce who it is because that person hasn’t resolved the issue with their employer yet.

She could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the race to win a full term to the seat in November’s election has gathered steam since Ervin’s announcement.

Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee Chairman Gabriel Albornoz said he expects the race to fill the seat for a full term next year to attract plenty of interest.

Ervin’s announcement comes early enough for people to organize a credible campaign for the June 24, 2014, Democratic primary, Albornoz said.

Both Del. Tom Hucker (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring and Board of Education member Christopher S. Barclay confirmed that they are interested, while Evan Glass, chairman of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board, announced in November that he planned to run for Ervin’s seat.

Takoma Park Democrat Terrill North has been exploring an at-large bid for the council, but said Thursdsay that he’s been urged by supporters to run for the Distict 5 seat and is considering his options.

Hucker said Thursday he’s considering running for the seat, which would mean leaving his seat in the House of Delegates.

Hucker said he loves being in the House, but the chance to serve on the council is an important opportunity.

“I’m trying to give it the consideration it deserves,” Hucker said.

He filed in October to seek re-election as delegate.

Barclay said he’s “definitely interested” in taking Ervin’s spot on the council.

“I have a few more decisions to make, but we’ll see in the near future,” he said.

Barclay said he is close friends with Ervin and will keep in touch with her as she moves on to her new position.

The Board of Education has been a springboard for political candidates in the past, including Ervin and Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring, Sen. Nancy King (D-Dist. 39) of Montgomery Village and Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D-Dist. 18) of Chevy Chase. Former council members Marilyn Praisner and Blair Ewing also served on the school board first.

Rice has said he hopes the appointee would be able to take the same committee assignments as Ervin, who chaired the council’s Education Committee and served on the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee.

The appointee likely would become a member of the Education Committee. One of the other two members — Rice or Councilman Phil Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg — would become chairman, Rice said.

Council Vice President George Leventhal (D-At Large) of Takoma Park lives in District 5, along with fellow at-large Councilmen Hans Riemer (D) and Marc Elrich (D).

All three said they hadn’t given any consideration to running for the district seat instead of an at-large council seat.

“I like having the broad view of what’s going on around the county,” Elrich said.