Influential Latino Political Group Supports Jawando in County Council Race

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SILVER SPRING, Md. — CASA in Action, the region’s premier immigrant-rights electoral group, has endorsed Will Jawando in his campaign for Montgomery County Council At-Large ahead of the June 26 Democratic primary.

“Will Jawando knows the issues that immigrant and working families face every day. He has the policy experience and the record working on our behalf. And as the son of a Nigerian immigrant who grew up right here in Montgomery County, he shares our personal story. That’s critical. We are proud to stand with Will, because he has always stood with us,” said Gustavo Torres, President of CASA in Action.

Jawando, who grew up in the Long Branch neighborhood of Silver Spring, said he was honored to be supported by CASA in Action.

“As the son of a Nigerian immigrant who grew up right here in Montgomery County, I know challenges facing immigrant communities,” Jawando said. “Part of the promise of Montgomery County is that our neighborhoods should be safe, diverse and welcoming — to everyone. Diversity is our strength. I am grateful for the support of CASA in Action and look forward to our continued work together.”

Aside from Jawando’s work on Capitol Hill, in the Obama White House and the U.S. Department of Education on workplace and public education issues, Jawando has worked at the community level to extend the Montgomery County Promise to underrepresented communities, including immigrants, women and people of color.

Two years ago, Jawando launched Our Voices Matter, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement, leadership and economic development in low-income communities. Last year, he created and launched Summer R.I.S.E., Montgomery County’s first-ever career enrichment program for high school juniors and seniors. Nearly half of the 400 participating students came from low-income families.

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