Leadership and Experience
Paid for by Friends of Cherri Branson, Donald Coffey, Treasurer
A Message from Cherri
Thank you for visiting this page to learn about my candidacy.
I have lived in Montgomery County for the past 29 years. I met my husband here and together we raised our son here. You may be familiar with my name because I was appointed to serve as an interim Council Member in 2014. As a part of my appointment, I took a pledge not to run for office in 2014, retired from my job on Capitol Hill and devoted all of my time to serving the people of District 5 (Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Burtonsville, Hillandale, White Oak) on the Council. I promised that I would not seek election to that seat. I kept my promise. Before the Council appointment, I was an active and involved member of this community. I served as President of the Home and School Association of St. Michael's School, President of the African American Democratic Club, a Board Member of the Montgomery County ACLU, a Member of the Montgomery County Charter Review Commission, Member of the Montgomery County Redistricting Commission and a member of the County's Commission on Hate and Violence. My volunteer experiences taught me about this county and its people. My position on Capitol Hill taught me about the policy and process of government. My life has taught me to pursue fairness and openness in government, seek practical solutions to problems and to assure that everyone has a place at the table. I believe this county must be a great place to live and work for all of its residents and I am committed to pursuing policies that bring about that goal. If elected, my priorities on the Council will be economic development, housing affordability, transportation, and land use. Again, thank you for visiting this page. I look forward to meeting you and hope I can win your support.
Cherri L. Branson
Candidate, County Council At Large
As an interim Council Member, Cherri represented District 5 with intelligence, tenacity and compassion. I have no doubt that she will bring those same characteristics to the Council as an
I have been an Education advocate for many years. From her service as a HSA (Home and School Association) President to her service on the Council, Cherri has demonstrated her commitment to eliminating all educational inequities.
When Cherri served on the Charter Review Commission, she promoted civilian oversight and accountability of law enforcement and advocated for establishing a civilian review board.
Supported by the Community
-- Hon. Odessa Shannon,
former Director of the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights Commission
-- Jason Tai,
former member of the Montgomery County Redistricting Commission
On the redistricting commission, Cherri worked to assure representation of all the county's residents.
I worked with Cherri on Capitol Hill.
She was not only an advocate for small, minority and women-owned businesses, but she was a valued mentor for many staffers--including me. She not only talked the talk, she walked the walk.
-- Angela Rye,
-- Ruby Rubens,
-- Mike Mage,
Civil Liberties Activist
In just two years Cherri increased Minority and Women Owned Business participation from 18% to 23%
Cherri was asked by County Executive Ike Leggett to serve as Montgomery County Procurement Director
With Cherri at the helm, Montgomery County awarded a record $88M in contracts to local small businesses
Making a Difference
Cherri and her staff hosted the 2017 Montgomery County Procurement Forum