Sen. Booker: Jawando “has the passion and the vision to make progressive policies work at the community level” ROCKVILLE, MD., —…
The campaign of Will Jawando, Democratic nominee for Montgomery County Council At-Large, announced today the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-C.A.
“Will Jawando is an example of a rising leader in public service. We need leaders like Will who are grounded in their communities, understand the challenges facing people in this country, and have the courage, the willpower and the policy experience to get things done,” said Sen. Harris.
“I’m supporting Will’s campaign for Montgomery County Council At-Large because we need Will in public office, and I know he will be an innovative, progressive leader for Montgomery County.”
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.
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.
Participants Will Jawando, Civil Rights Attorney, candidate for Montgomery County Council At-Large, former senior advisor to US Department of Education Secretary…
Meshulam Ungar, a Silver Spring resident and host of the podcast Everybody Assumes, interviews Will about his his early life, identity politics, and work for Obama. Listen below or subscribe on iTunes.