Will Jawando’s campaign for the District 8 congressional seat will start airing a 30-second ad this week in which the former U.S. Education Department official describes his upbringing in Silver Spring and ties to President Obama.
Jawando, 33, is viewed as an underdog to favorites Jamie Raskin, Kathleen Matthews and David Trone in the race for the Democratic nomination to replace Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who is running for Senate.
With the ad, which communications director Christine Bennett said would air locally on cable stations, Jawando follows Matthews, Raskin and David Trone into the District 8 TV ad fray.
Bennett said the ad would be the first “of a series of TV and web ads” set to run between now and primary election day on April 26.
In the ad, Jawando says: “When I was a kid, I didn’t know if my dreams could come true. Money was tight. I lost my friend to gun violence. The future was uncertain. But then it all changed: A scholarship to a good school, my chance for a great future. I went to college and law school, worked for Sen. Obama and then President Obama, creating laws that helped hardworking people.”
Jawando, who went to Catholic University, worked for Senator Obama as a legislative aide from 2005-2007, as the U.S. Department of Education’s director of advisory boards and commissions from 2009-2010 and as the associate director of the Office of Public Engagement in the White House from January 2010 to April 2011.
He narrowly lost a District 20 House of Delegates seat during the 2014 primary, finishing behind Will Smith by less than 400 votes.