Public Campaign Report Shows Results of Campaign’s First Three Months

SILVER SPRING, Md. — In his first campaign finance report to the Maryland Board of Elections since launching his campaign three months ago, Will Jawando reported grassroots contributions of more than $29,000 from 355 Montgomery County donors, out of a total of more than $37,730 from 453 people.

Jawando had filed to qualify for Montgomery County’s public financing prior to the Sept. 16 formal kickoff of his campaign for an At-Large seat on the Montgomery County Council. The June 26 Democratic primary will decide which four candidates among the crowded field will appear on the November general election ballot.

“We have momentum. And I am thanking each of my grassroots supporters for their help in this campaign. And while we have a long way to go, we have also just begun,” Jawando said. “I’m committed to the public financing of our elections. People, and not special interests, should decide what’s right for Montgomery County. And what’s right is that we keep the Montgomery County Promise. I’m honored and grateful to have won the confidence of so many of our
neighbors.”

Jawando and his supporters are campaigning on four issues that make up the Montgomery County Promise (#MoCoPromise):

Economic Growth

As a Council Member, he would encourage sustainable growth of our county economy by increasing our technical-trained workforce, supporting small business and developing the county-rooted industries that are major employers, such as bio-tech.

Quality of Family Life

Like many families, Will and his wife Michele experienced what it’s like to raise young children while caring for aging parents. With a responsive property tax plan and public health programs, our aging neighbors can lead healthier, secure lives in their homes after retirement. Paid family-and sick-leave helps ease the financial burdens on those caring for ailing family members in their homes. And affordable, accessible child care and early childhood education helps working
parents, and puts kids on the path to succeed in school.

World Class Education

No matter where in Montgomery County our families live, all our children deserve a high quality education. Jawando aims to close opportunity and achievement gaps, reduce class size, expand career and technical education, and invest in wrap around services that help students before and after school. For instance, last summer Jawando created and led Summer R.I.S.E., the county’s largest summer youth career exploration program.

Smart Growth

Common sense solutions to encourage smart growth of our county’s tax base while maintaining the quality of life that draws people and business. That means investing in the Purple Line and the BRT, encouraging development around those transit hubs, and finding the state-of- the-art traffic management, pedestrian, and bicycle systems to help reduce congestion.