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Former Obama aide Jawando to run for House seat

Will Jawando
Will Jawando

A former Obama administration official who sought a General Assembly seat last year said Tuesday he will run for the U.S. House district being left open by Rep. Chris Van Hollen.

Will Jawando, who worked in the Office of Public Engagement at the White House and also the U.S. Department of Education, is the third candidate -- and the only African American so far -- to enter the contest for the 8th Congressional District.

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Jawando, 33, currently works for The Raben Group in Washington.

"This community has given our family so much opportunity and I want to give something back," Jawando said in a statement, adding that we will formally announce his candidacy in May. "To solve the significant challenges we face, we need new leadership, fresh ideas, and an inclusive approach to making Congress work for working families."

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Jawando joins Del. Kumar P. Barve and State Sen. Jamie Raskin, who have already announced their candidacies for the district, which is based in Montgomery County but extends into Frederick and Carroll counties. The district will be open next year because Van Hollen is running for retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's seat.

Others are considering a run, including former Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin and former WJLA anchor Kathleen Matthews.

Jawando, a Silver Spring resident, came in fourth out of nine candidates in the 2014 primary election for a House of Delegates seat, capturing about 15 percent of the vote.

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