Cherri Branson was selected Tuesday to serve the remaining months on Valerie Ervin’s District 5 seat on the Montgomery County Council. She was scheduled to be sworn in Tuesday afternoon.

The council selected Branson from a field of 18. She will finish out the remainder of Ervin’s term, which ends on Dec. 1. District 5 includes Silver Spring, Takoma Park and Burtonsville.

In an interview earlier this month, Branson said her experience in more than 24 years as a congressional aide would help her get started quickly on the council. She currently serves as chief counsel for the ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.).

She’s seen the legislative process work well and not so well, and has come to understand the importance of being able to make compromises to get something accomplished, she said.

The County Council appointed Branson, of Silver Spring, to Montgomery’s Charter Review Commission and Commission on Redistricting. Branson said she sees the council opening as another chance to serve the county.

Ervin resigned Jan. 3 to become executive director of the Center for Working Families in New York.

Douglas Tallman