Op-Ed in Maryland Matters

Editor’s note: More than 20 candidates are running for four at-large seats on the Montgomery County Council in 2018 – and the number could grow. In an attempt to sort through the confusion and enlighten voters, Maryland Matters has asked the candidates to submit an op-ed piece introducing themselves and making their case. Here is the first installment. Subsequent articles will appear over the next several weeks.

My name is Ashwani Jain. I’m a native of Montgomery County, a first-generation American, the proud son of small business owners, a beneficiary of our local public schools, and a former appointee with the Obama-Biden administration. I’m also a candidate to become an at-large member of the Montgomery County Council.

I’ve never lived anywhere else than this county because it’s home to my American Dream. You see, I’m also a 15-year cancer survivor. I was 13 when I was diagnosed. It was the scariest moment of my life and I had to grow up fast. Fighting cancer at a young age shaped my view of the world and my role in it.

There were moments back then when I felt hopeless but with the support of my family and this community I made it through that difficult time. Now it’s my turn to give back and help others reach their goals.


Read the rest here.