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.”
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.
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.