LGBTQ Democrats of Montgomery County endorse Ashwani Jain, Democratic candidate for Montgomery County Council, At-Large

Silver Spring, Md. (April 16, 2018) -- Today, Friends of Ashwani Jain announced that the LGBTQ Democrats of Montgomery County have endorsed Ashwani Jain for Montgomery County Council, At-Large. The LGBTQ Democrats of Montgomery County is an organization committed to advancing the interests of LGBTQ people who live, work and study in Montgomery County.

“I am deeply honored to receive this endorsement from the LGBTQ Democrats of Montgomery County,” said Ashwani Jain. “My campaign for Montgomery County Council, At-Large is stronger because it is inclusive of all people in Montgomery County. I will bring my dedication to engaging and empowering all residents of Montgomery County, including the LGBTQ community, to the Montgomery County Council.”

In addition to this new endorsement, Jain has also been endorsed by SEIU Local 500; former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro; Castro’s political action committee Opportunity First; Run for Something; recently retired 40-year MCPS teacher John Keller of Bethesda; immediate past president of the Woman’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County Linda Kolko of Takoma Park; Democratic Activist Lisa Fuller of North Potomac; along with others for the Montgomery County Council, At-Large seat.

SEIU Local 500 endorses Ashwani Jain

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February 26, 2018

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SEIU Local 500 endorses Ashwani Jain, 

Democratic candidate for Montgomery County Council, At-Large Seat

Silver Spring, Md. (February 26, 2018) – SEIU Local 500 of Maryland and Washington D.C. has endorsed Ashwani Jain for the Montgomery County Council At-Large. For over 50 years, SEIU Local 500 has represented supporting service employees in the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) system. The union boasts 12,000 local members and is the largest and fastest growing Union local in Montgomery County. 

“One of the first things that Ashwani will tell you is that he was born and raised in Montgomery County. The next thing he will tell you is that he is a proud graduate of the Montgomery County Public School system. He understands the crucial role played by school employees and wants paraeducators and other MCPS employees to be partners in making sure every child in Montgomery County gets a world class education,” said Merle Cuttitta, President of SEIU Local 500.

“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of SEIU Local 500 for my candidacy of Montgomery County Council At-Large. I stand proud with its 12,000 local members working to advance MoCo’s education system for all our children,” said Ashwani Jain.

In addition to SEIU Local 500, Jain has also been endorsed by former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, his political action committee Opportunity First, recently retired 40-year MCPS teacher John Keller of Bethesda, immediate past president of the Woman’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County Linda Kolko of Takoma Park; Democratic Activist Lisa Fuller of North Potomac; along with others for the Montgomery County Council, At-Large seat.

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About Ashwani Jain

Ashwani Jain is a Democratic At-Large candidate for the Montgomery County Council. He is a first generation American, a native of Montgomery County, the son of small business owners, a former appointee with the Obama Administration and a 15-year cancer survivor.

Jain is looking to engage and empower the residents of Montgomery County by closing the opportunity gap in the community, supporting local businesses and reducing traffic congestion in the area. To learn more visit www.voteashwanijain.com.

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Yesterday, I shared with you all of the reasons I love Montgomery County. Here’s another reason--people in MoCo stand up for our neighbors and welcome others from all walks of life. We’re one of the most diverse counties in the nation. Our diversity the source of our strength. And I believe it is what makes us great.

As your At-Large County Councilmember, I will keep fighting for the rights of immigrants, people of color, the LGBTQ community, elders, people with disabilities and other marginalized groups. That is who I am and what I have learned growing up in Montgomery County.

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 Thank you for everything you do in making Montgomery County the incredible place we are blessed to call home.

In service,

Ashwani

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Opportunity First PAC endorses Ashwani Jain, Democratic candidate for Montgomery County Council, At-Large

Opportunity First PAC endorses Ashwani Jain

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January 29, 2018

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Silver Spring, Md. (January 29, 2018) – Opportunity First, the political action committee founded by the Hon. former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, has endorsed Ashwani Jain in the Montgomery County Council, At-Large race.

Opportunity First said of Mr. Jain:

“We are proud to support Ashwani Jain in his candidacy for Montgomery County Council. Ashwani is a prime example of a young, progressive leader who is running to better his community.”

Speaking of his support for Mr. Jain’s candidacy, Secretary Castro said:

"Ashwani is a dynamic, honest, energetic leader – the kind of progressive local leader that our nation needs during these challenging times. I relied on Ashwani’s intelligence, hard work and integrity everyday. I know that he will be a true public servant and champion for the families of Montgomery County. I hope that you will join me in supporting Ashwani in the Democratic Primary on June 26th.”

Secretary Castro founded Opportunity First to inspire and invest in the next generation of leaders by building and supporting a nationwide bench of young, progressive Democrats.

Secretary Castro previously endorsed Ashwani Jain for the Montgomery County Council, At-Large.

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About Ashwani Jain

Ashwani Jain is a Democratic At-Large candidate for the Montgomery County Council. He is a first generation American, a native of Montgomery County, the son of small business owners, a former appointee with the Obama Administration and a 15 year cancer survivor. 

Jain is looking to engage and empower the residents of Montgomery County by closing the opportunity gap in the community, supporting local businesses and reducing traffic congestion in the area. To learn more visit www.voteashwanijain.com.

Press Release: Ashwani Jain, Democratic Candidate for Montgomery County Council At-Large, Announces Fundraising Total Demonstrating Strong Local and Influencer Support

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January 18, 2018

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Ashwani Jain, Democratic Candidate for Montgomery County Council At-Large, Announces Fundraising Total Demonstrating Strong Local and Influencer Support

Silver Spring, Md. (January 18, 2018) – Following the Wednesday, January 17, 2018 deadline for all candidates to submit their fundraising numbers to the Maryland State Board of Elections, Ashwani Jain issued the following statement:

“I’m proud to announce that my campaign has raised $132,878.17 from 541 individual contributors. I am humbled to receive the support of over 550 volunteers and the encouragement of my fellow residents in Montgomery County – the county where I was born and raised.

I am running a people focused campaign to engage and empower the residents of Montgomery County.  I am honored to have received endorsements from Run for Something; former HUD Secretary Julián Castro; President Obama’s former National Field Director Jon Carson; President Obama’s former Maryland State Director Jason Waskey; immediate past president of the Woman’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County Linda Kolko of Takoma Park; founder and Chairman of Infinite Computer Solutions Sanjay Govil of Potomac; and President of Manatos & Manatos and Vice Chair of the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Board of Directors Mike Manatos of Bethesda.”

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About Ashwani Jain

Ashwani Jain is a Democratic At-Large candidate for the Montgomery County Council. He is a first generation American, a native of Montgomery County, the son of small business owners, a former appointee with the Obama Administration and a 15 year cancer survivor.  

Jain is looking to engage and empower the residents of Montgomery County by closing the opportunity gap in the community, supporting local businesses and reducing traffic congestion in the area. To learn more visit www.voteashwanijain.com.

FORMER OBAMA STAFFER ENTERS RACE FOR COUNTY COUNCIL AT-LARGE

When Ashwani Jain was fighting for his life as a teenager, he didn’t realize how it would influence his career in politics.

He was diagnosed at the age of 13 with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a form of cancer that starts in the white blood cells, and didn’t think he would make it.

“I felt like I was just a number during my four-months of chemotherapy and not a person,” Jain said. “I just remember feeling helpless.”

Jain, who is now 28-years-old and cancer-free, said he’s constantly reminded of that time in the hospital where he felt powerless. He said he will use that reminder to advocate for residents in Montgomery County who feel the same way if he’s elected for a Council At-large seat in next year’s election.

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How to Win Over Amazon: Guest Commentary on Maryland Matters by Ashwani Jain

By Ashwani Jain

Amazon is looking for a second U.S. headquarters. The company should look no further than Montgomery County.

This would not only be a huge job creator for our county’s residents — as Amazon’s site could house as many as 50,000 employees — but would also be a win for the internet giant.

Montgomery County is the county of the future and is the model of what other communities should look like. We are the face of America and one of the most diverse counties in the United States. We have some of the best public schools in the nation, have a hugely talented labor pool, and provide the greatest opportunities for our business leaders and their families.

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Ashwani testifies in support of a $15 Minimum Wage

My name is Ashwani Jain. I’m a first generation American, a native of Montgomery County, the son of small business owners, a proud product of our public schools, a former appointee with the Obama-Biden Administration, and a 15 year survivor of childhood cancer.

I love Montgomery County and am blessed to call it my home. I’ve lived in 4 of the 5 council districts and in both the east and west sides of the county. And I never left this county because it’s home to my American Dream.

But, at this moment, when the federal government is rejecting the values that we as Americans hold dear, so many in our community feel that no matter how hard they try, they can’t get ahead in life.

So that’s why our local governments need to step up. Now, more than ever, we need our leaders to fight for our Montgomery County values. This includes raising our minimum wage to $15 an hour.

I believe the role of government is to ensure equality of opportunity by investing in its citizens. My family immigrated to this country with limited resources. My grandfather was a school janitor. My mother is a product of community college and once worked for minimum wage. And my father struggled to start his own business in an outdoor flea market. I’m glad to say that today, my parents are successful small business owners. So I’ve seen first-hand the value of hard work and having a reliable partner in government.  

But our goal should be to continue creating an ecosystem that accelerates our residents into the jobs of tomorrow.

Montgomery County is one of the most expensive places to live in the nation. According to the Economic Policy Institute’s Family Budget Calculator, a single person needs to earn more than $21 per hour to get by - and that number goes up for families. By raising our minimum wage to something closer to a living wage of $15 an hour, we can improve the lives of our working families, save taxpayers money that would otherwise go towards subsidies, and increase our competitiveness in terms of attracting talented people who want to work and live in Montgomery County.

This will help our business leaders - who understand the need to invest in their employees to ensure less costly employee turnover and increased employee retention, satisfaction, productivity, creativity and loyalty.

This will help our teachers - many of whom cannot afford to live in our county or send their own children to the schools in which they teach.

And this will help our economy - as it will create greater economic security for our families, and in turn, allow them to reinvest those extra dollars right here in Montgomery County.

It’s been done before. Cities from Seattle to San Francisco, Los Angeles to Flagstaff (Arizona), and even just down the road in Washington, D.C., have all approved $15 minimum wages in recent years. California and New York approved the first statewide $15 minimum wages in 2016.  About 10 million workers have benefited from these $15 minimum wage laws so far.

So I urge this Council to join local governments around the country who are stepping in where Congress has failed. We can and should make Montgomery County a national leader by raising our minimum wage. And I appreciate your time.