FOP Lodge 35: “…we know you are the best choice for the at-large council seat.”

SILVER SPRING, Md. — 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.”

Jawando responded to the endorsement with the following statement:

“I am grateful to the men and women of FOP Lodge 35 for having earned their endorsement. I believe we share a vision of a Montgomery County with safe, welcoming and diverse neighborhoods, where people of all color, including immigrants, can trust in their local police to pursue justice with fairness and civility. That’s part of the Montgomery  County Promise, and we all acknowledge that we have work to do to keep that promise to all of our neighbors. I look forward to working with our county police to establish trust in all of our communities.”

The FOP endorsement comes following endorsements for Jawando from County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett, State’s Attorney John McCarthy, County Councilmember Nancy Navarro, the Sierra Club, SEIU Local 500, the Montgomery County Education Association, CASA in Action, UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO, Progressive Maryland, and Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA).

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

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