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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Will Jawando welcomed the endorsement of his campaign for Montgomery County Council At-Large by the Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats, which singled out Jawando’s record on behalf of immigrant communities, diversity and policy fairness as the reason for their support.

In a joint statement, Stan Tsai, CAPAD Co-Chair and Chung Pak, CAPAD Endorsement Committee Co-Chair, said: “We support Will because we recognize his commitment to promote diversity and fairness, recognize the special needs of multi-cultural communities, and support of economic empowerment for minority communities and the community at large. We feel Will’s Montgomery County Promise is a call to action to help improve Maryland’s and Montgomery County’s economic position, address and integrate the special needs of our immigrant communities, support minority small businesses, and continue to make Maryland and Montgomery County one of the best places to live for working families.”

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Citando una “demostración de compromiso con la comunidad latina,” el Latino Democratic Club del condado de Montgomery anunció hoy su endoso de Will Jawando, demócrata para el Consejo del Condado, “At-Large.”

“El ‘Promise of Montgomery County’ incluye comunidades seguras, agradables y diversas. Eso es especialmente cierto en nuestra comunidad de inmigrantes. Mi padre era un inmigrante a este país, y como hijo de un inmigrante, conozco de primera mano los desafíos que enfrentan los nuevos estadounidenses y las personas de color,” dijo Jawando.

“Me siento honrado obteniendo el apoyo del Latino Democratic Club. Me dedico a trabajar para todos los ciudadanos del condado de Montgomery, y espero estar asociado con con nuestra comunidad latina en la política de sostener y crecer pequeñas empresas familiares, garantizar escuelas públicas de alta calidad para cada niño y mejorar la competencia cultural en todos los servicios del gobierno.”

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Citing a “demonstration of commitment to the Latino community,” the Latino Democratic Club of Montgomery County today announced its endorsement of Will Jawando, Democrat for County Council At-Large.

“The Promise of Montgomery County includes safe, welcoming and diverse communities. That’s especially true of our immigrant community. My father was an immigrant to this country, and as the son of an immigrant, I know firsthand the challenges that new Americans and people of color face,” Jawando said.

“I’m honored to earn the support of the Latino Democratic Club. I am devoted to working for every citizen of Montgomery County, and I look forward to partnering with our Latino community on policy to sustain and grow small, family-owned businesses, ensure high-quality public schools for every child, and improve cultural competency in all government services.”

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