I was born and raised in Montgomery County. It’s one of the most diverse counties in the nation. My wife, Michele, and I chose to stay and raise our three daughters here so they’d grow up in vibrant, welcoming and diverse neighborhoods, with economic opportunity for all and world-class public schools. This is what I call the Montgomery County Promise.
But many people in Montgomery County are struggling. We aren’t keeping the #MoCoPromise to everyone. We need new leaders in Rockville with fresh ideas to help Montgomery County keep its promise. That is why I am running for Montgomery County Council At-Large, and why I am asking for your vote.
If I earn the honor of serving you on the county council, I promise I will fight for affordable and accessible child care, the best public schools possible, support for small businesses and smarter land-use planning. And I will work to provide our aging neighbors who helped build Montgomery County the support, dignity, and respect they deserve.
“I am honored to endorse Will Jawando for County Council At-Large. Will is an exceptional leader with a lifelong record of public service to Montgomery County and the nation. He worked as a public policy attorney on Capitol Hill and for President Obama in the White House. I was proud to appoint Will to serve on the Montgomery County Commission on Juvenile Justice, and worked with him to provide support for Summer R.I.S.E, a summer career internship program for high school students that he spearheaded.”Ike Leggett - Montgomery County Council Executive
“I am proud to endorse Will Jawando in his race for Montgomery County Council At-Large. Montgomery County is one of the most diverse in the nation, and growing more diverse every day. Growing up in Montgomery County, Will understands the needs of our community and has a progressive record of public service at the local, state and federal level. He also has the policy background that we need on the County Council.”Nancy Navarro - Democratic incumbent County Council Member
“I’m supporting Will Jawando in his race for Montgomery County Council At-Large. I’m endorsing Will for a very simple reason. His values, policy experience and his character demonstrate without a doubt, that he will be a fighter for everyone who lives in Montgomery County. We want the same thing. We want justice, opportunity and fairness, for everyone. I’m looking forward to working with Will, when he is on the County Council, to stamp out discrimination and hate crimes, and safeguard those who need our support and protection.”John McCarthy - State's Attorney for Montgomery County
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Earlier this week, the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) released body camera footage of the killing of Mr. Robert White, a Silver Spring neighbor and black man. Mr. White was walking in his neighborhood when he was confronted by Officer Anand Badgujar, starting an interaction that would ultimately lead to Mr. White being shot more than 7 times and losing his life.
I feel deep sadness and hurt for Robert White, his family and friends and our greater Silver Spring community. I am also strongly determined to put in place better policies, safeguards, training and accountability mechanisms, to stop the shootings of unarmed black men and women.
Now that the Howard County State’s Attorney office has determined the shooting was legally justified, MCPD will conduct an internal investigation to determine whether any departmental rules and policies (including use of force) were broken and, if so, what administrative action should be taken.Read More
In response to the fatal shooting of six people, and the wounding of several more, after a gunman fired into the Capitol Gazette newspaper office in Annapolis today, Montgomery County Council At-Large Candidate Will Jawando released the following statement:
“Maryland’s gun laws are seen as some of the strongest in the nation, and yet we have a gunman who took the lives of six people practically at the door of our statehouse. This shows — as every mass shooting shows — that federal action is needed today to clamp down on firearms. The fact that a newspaper was targeted is chilling, in light of the toxic political attacks on America’s free press,” Jawando said. “My prayers are with the families and friends of those killed as well as the entire Maryland community.”Read More
Supporters of Will Jawando, candidate for County Council At-Large, will be gathering with Jawando at All Set Restaurant & Bar in Downtown Silver Spring at 8pm Tuesday to watch returns in the contested at-large county council race.
Jawando, 35, of Silver Spring, won endorsements from a long list of progressive organizations and people, including the highly-coveted position on the Apple Ballot with support from the Montgomery County Education Association, a spot on the Bus Ballot with support from SEIU Local 500, and a position on the Green Ballot with his endorsement from the Sierra Club.Read More
With more than 1,100 individuals contributing a total of more than $95,000 in low-dollar donations to his campaign since its September launch, Democrat Will Jawando today became eligible for the complete pre-primary total of $250,000 in matching funds from the county’s Public Election Fund.
“I am humbled that so many Montgomery County voters support our vision for greater opportunity for all,” Jawando said.
Jawando, the only at-large candidate who lives in East County, drew support from across the county: Burtonsville, Cabin John, North Potomac, Takoma Park, Wheaton, Sandy Spring, Germantown, Olney, Montgomery Village, Gaithersburg, Potomac, Clarksburg, Kensington, Germantown, Silver Spring, Rockville and more.Read More