MoCo Prosecutor Cites Jawando’s “values, policy experience and his character”

SILVER SPRING, Md. — 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.

Jawando, of Silver Spring, welcomed the endorsement.

“It’s an honor to earn John’s endorsement in this competitive race. John is not just our county’s top law-and-order official, but he’s also been a champion for children, seniors and vulnerable communities,” Jawando said. “He and I share common values, and the goal of keeping Montgomery County a safe, innovative and welcoming home for everyone. That’s the Montgomery County Promise, and that’s why I’m running for County Council.”

Prior to McCarthy’s endorsement, Jawando earned the endorsements of The Sierra Club, SEIU Local 500, Progressive Maryland, the Montgomery County Education Association, and Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA).

Jawando, 35, is the father of three girls with his wife, Michele. A former aide in the Obama White House and adviser to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Jawando spearheaded Summer R.I.S.E., the county’s largest ever career exposure program for MCPS juniors and seniors, and co-founded Our Voices Matter, a non-profit dedicated to increasing civic engagement and leadership in underrepresented communities.