Will Jawando is proud to serve his home county as an At-Large member of the Montgomery County Council.
Will was first elected in 2018 with the support of a diverse coalition from across the county and currently serves on the Education and Culture and Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committees.
Through his work on the council, Will strives to ensure our county is a safe, vibrant, and inclusive community with great schools and a strong economy.
Will is a civil rights attorney and formerly served in the Obama White House as Associate Director of Public Engagement. He and his wife Michele are raising their four children in Montgomery County.
Will is running to continue his service to Montgomery County
Increase the number of affordable and mid-level housing units in the county.
Address challenges in our education system laid bare by COVID including bridging the opportunity gap, investing in mental health supports for our youth, and addressing foundational learning loss due to closures during the pandemic.
Address greenhouse gas emissions, and prepare for emergencies related to climate change.
When we have a public project we should find ways to include workforce & affordable housing units. We should consider some forms of rent stabilization in key areas such as transportation corridors. We need to find ways to make workforce housing- for teachers, police, and healthcare workers- affordable using tools like down payment assistance and tax incentives and to help propel homeownership.
Montgomery County Businesses are 90 percent small businesses, and we should be focusing on how we can best serve those who are trying to start their business and thrive here. We also need to focus on growing sectors such as bio-technology/health, cyber security, and technology, and incentivize the relocation of new businesses from outside of the county.
Racism has led to a lack of investment in communities of color and deepening health disparities. COVID has amplified these disparities in health outcomes, and in Montgomery County, African Americans account for 25% of COVID deaths. We made major targeted investments in health care during the pandemic and moving forward need to consider disparities when passing legislation at the county level.
My highest priority for transportation is to make transit reliable and affordable for all residents. We need to move away from car trips and towards multimodal transportation alternatives. I also feel we need to do more to prevent the increasing deaths of pedestrians by investing in ways to make our streets safer for everyone in the community.
We need to bring emissions from buildings under control, green the grid through locally-generated renewable energy including solar, and electrify the county fleet while providing support and assistance to allow the public to do the same. These three ideas are a starting point for how our county government can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
We need investment in mental health services and education to relieve police from responding to mental health and homelessness calls. I have authored legislation to reform the use of force, create transparency of police data and have independent investigations into police killings of residents. Police should focus on violent crime and not be tasked with over-policing vulnerable communities.
Primary Election Day is November 8, 2022.
Polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM.
Early voting will be held for 8 days and begins
on Thursday, October 27, 2022 through Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. for the General Election
To vote by mail, you must request a mail-in ballot from the State Board of Elections or your local board. Your request for a mail-in ballot for the Primary Election must be received by November 1, 2022.
Mail-in ballots must be postmarked or placed in a designated ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on November 8, 2022 for the Primary Election.