SILVER SPRING, Md. — The labor union representing building cleaners, maintenance workers, security guards, and engineers, SEIU 32BJ, announced its endorsement of Will Jawando, Democrat for Montgomery County Council At-Large.

“Low-wage workers like 32BJ’s cleaners and security officers trust in Will to stand with working families. We’re confident that with his policy background and life experience, he will make a significant difference for the County residents,” said Jaime Contreras, vice president of the Capital Area District of SEIU 32BJ.

“I want to thank the working people of SEIU 32BJ for their support in this race. We share the goals of creating an economy in Montgomery County that supports working families, with good-paying jobs, fair and affordable housing, and welcoming, safe and diverse neighborhoods,” Jawando said. “I’m proud to earn the endorsements of every major progressive organization involved in Montgomery County. We have a lot of work to do together to keep the Montgomery County Promise — and that is work I look forward to.”

The rank-and-file of SEIU 32BJ work in both private and public buildings, including offices, apartments, airports, shopping malls, college campuses, stadiums, theaters, and museums.

With 33 Democratic candidates in the contest for four nominations to County Council At-Large, endorsements are increasingly important as voters will be looking for guidance on how to cast their ballots.

In addition to today’s announcement by SEIU 32BJ, Jawando has earned the endorsements from County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett, County Councilmember Nancy Navarro, State’s Attorney John McCarthy, the Sierra Club, SEIU Local 500, the Montgomery County Education Association, CASA in Action, UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO, Progressive Maryland, Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA), the Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge 35, and the Latino Democratic Club of Montgomery County.

To learn more about the Montgomery County Promise, click here.