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30 AprMontgomery County Fraternal Order of Police Endorses Jawando


The labor union representing Montgomery County’s police force, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35, announced its support of Democrat Will Jawando’s campaign for Montgomery County Council At-Large.

The endorsement letter from FOP Lodge 35 President Torrie L. Cooke can be found here. In the letter, Cooke says the 1,300 police officer organization recognized Jawando as a “leader who is committed to building a responsive and respectful government for all Montgomery County residents. You are committed to representing all who live and work in Montgomery County, that is why we know you are the best choice for the at-large council seat.”

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24 AprCouncil Member Navarro Endorses Jawando


Democratic incumbent County Council Member Nancy Navarro announced her endorsement of Will Jawando in his campaign for an at-large council seat, citing Jawando’s progressive leadership and long record of public service.

“I am proud to endorse Will Jawando in his race for Montgomery County Council At-Large. Montgomery County is one of the most diverse in the nation, and growing more diverse every day. Growing up in Montgomery County, Will understands the needs of our community and has a progressive record of public service at the local, state and federal level. He also has the policy background that we need on the County Council,” Navarro said. “I look forward to working with him to provide high quality and affordable early childhood education in our county, something Will and I have both worked on for a long time. I know he will represent the entire county with distinction. I’m asking my supporters to cast their votes for Will in the June 26 primary.”

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18 AprJawando Expects More Than $70,000 in Matching Funds


Will Jawando, Democrat for County Council, filed a campaign finance report Tuesday showing an additional 300 contributions totaling more than $25,000 to his campaign — making him eligible to drawn more than $70,000 in additional matching funds from the county’s Public Election Fund.

With this campaign finance report, Jawando is expected to bring the total match to more than $166,000 to date in this campaign. That includes more than 260 new in-county donations, bringing the total number of unique donations from Montgomery County residents to nearly 650. At-large county council candidates can pull down up to $250,000 in matching funds.

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18 AprCounty Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett Endorses Jawando


In a statement released today, Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett endorsed Will Jawando in his race for County Council At-Large, noting Jawando’s record of public service and progressive leadership.

“I am honored to endorse Will Jawando for County Council At-Large. Will is an exceptional leader with a lifelong record of public service to Montgomery County and the nation. He worked as a public policy attorney on Capitol Hill and for President Obama in the White House. I was proud to appoint Will to serve on the Montgomery County Commission on Juvenile Justice, and worked with him to provide support for Summer R.I.S.E, a summer career internship program for high school students that he spearheaded,” Leggett said. “As an active, progressive community leader, Will understands the needs of Montgomery County and is committed to making our outstanding county even greater. I’m voting for Will, and respectfully urge you to join me in electing him to the County Council.”

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04 AprCounty Workers’ Union Endorses Jawando


UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO, a union representing 7,000 county government workers endorsed Democrat Will Jawando in his race for Montgomery County Council At-Large.

Gino Renne, president of UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO, pledged that the union would campaign for Jawando, and other union-endorsed candidates, prior to the June 26 Democratic primary.

“Our union, our rank and file, our membership, has decided to enthusiastically support the candidacy of Will Jawando,“ Renne said. “Our members are the very people that keep Montgomery County strong. And after a rigorous vetting process, we are publicly committing to put all the resources we can muster into assuring that our endorsed candidates are elected.”

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29 MarCASA in Action Apoya a Will Jawando


CASA in Action, el grupo electoral primario de derechos de inmigrantes de la región, ha respaldado a Will Jawando en su campaña para el Consejo “At-Large” del Condado de Montgomery antes de las elecciones primarias demócratas del 26 de junio.

“Will Jawando conoce los problemas que enfrentan las familias inmigrantes y trabajadoras todos los días. Él tiene la experiencia política y ha trabajado en nuestro nombre. Y como hijo de un inmigrante nigeriano que creció aquí en el condado de Montgomery, comparte nuestra historia personal. Eso es crítico. Estamos orgullosos apoyando a Will, porque siempre nos ha apoyado,” dijo Gustavo Torres, presidente de CASA in Action.

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29 MarCASA in Action Endorses Will Jawando


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.

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27 MarMontgomery County State’s Attorney McCarthy Endorses Jawando


John McCarthy, Montgomery County’s top prosecutor, today announced his endorsement of Will Jawando and his campaign for an at-large seat on the Montgomery County Council.

“I’m supporting Will Jawando in his race for Montgomery County Council At-Large. I’m endorsing Will for a very simple reason. His values, policy experience and his character demonstrate without a doubt, that he will be a fighter for everyone who lives in Montgomery County,” McCarthy said. “We want the same thing. We want justice, opportunity and fairness, for everyone. I’m looking forward to working with Will, when he is on the County Council, to stamp out discrimination and hate crimes, and safeguard those who need our support and protection.”

McCarthy has served as the Montgomery County State’s Attorney since 2006. He was Deputy State’s Attorney for a decade prior. Deeply active in community service, McCarthy has led every major trial division in the county during his time in office.

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08 MarMCEA to put JAWANDO on Apple Ballot for June Primary


Today the Montgomery County Education Association announced its slate of recommended candidates in the June 26 primary, including on that slate Will Jawando in his campaign for County Council At-Large.

The MCEA is one of the county’s largest public employee unions, representing more than 14,000 teachers, classroom specialists and counselors.

“I have to thank our public school teachers for their support and trust in me. It means a great deal and I am truly thankful. I’ve worked my entire career, from my work locally building career readiness programs and working to close opportunity gaps, to my work at the Department of Education and the Obama White House, to ensure all our children have access to a world class education.  I’m honored that MCEA is putting me on the Apple Ballot,” Jawando said.

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22 FebSEIU Endorses Will Jawando


Citing his record and platform to improve public schools for every child, Local 500 of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today endorsed Will Jawando in his race for Montgomery County Council At-Large.

The largest and fastest-growing labor union in Montgomery County, SEIU Local 500 represents more than 11,500 public school workers — paraeducators, bus drivers, food service workers, maintenance workers, and administrative staff — and part-time faculty at Montgomery College.

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