Will Jawando

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Will Jawando, a former Obama administration aide and Education Department official, said he will run for the 8th Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D).

Jawando, 33, who lives in Silver Spring, filed notice of his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission said he will make a formal announcement next month. He becomes the third Democratic primary contender to officially enter the race, joining Del. Kumar Barve (D-Montgomery) and State Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery). Van Hollen is running for the Democratic nomination to succeed the retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D).

[Raskin announces candidacy for 8th District Congressional seat]

“To solve the significant challenges we face, we need new leadership, fresh ideas, and an inclusive approach to making Congress work for working families - that’s the kind of leader I’ll be,” Jawando said in a statement. “Together, we’ll fight to bring more good paying jobs to our neighborhoods, strengthen our schools and ensure equal justice and opportunity for all.”

Jawando finished fourth out of nine candidates last June in the Democratic primary for three seats representing District 20 in the House of Delegates. He has served on the Capitol Hill staffs of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif), then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). He later served in the Obama White House as associate director of the Office of Public Engagement and for the Education Department as deputy director for strategic partnerships.[1]