Friday, August 13, 2010

Nancy Navarro Endorses Jay Hutchins for Delegate

County Council Member Nancy Navarro has endorsed Jay Hutchins in the District 19 Delegate race. Navarro's East County district has a substantial overlap with the state legislative district. Following is Hutchins's press release.


SILVER SPRING, MD – With just over four weeks until the September 14th primary, Jay Hutchins has earned more than 25 endorsements from local and state organizations and political leaders throughout District 19 and the State of Maryland. Most recently, Jay received an endorsement from Councilmember Nancy Navarro.

Expressing her confidence in Jay’s leadership, Councilmember Navarro said, "Jay is an experienced progressive voice with deep community ties. District 19 will be well served by Jay in Annapolis. He has my full support."

Jay’s deep ties to District 19 are reflected in his long-standing involvement with several community organizations and boards. He serves as a Commissioner for the Montgomery County Commission on Landlord-Tenant Affairs; is a member of the Montgomery County Executive’s African-American Advisory Group; belongs to the Northwood-Four Corners Civic Association and the PTA at his son’s schools. Jay is also on the executive boards of both the District 19 Democratic Club and the African-American Democratic Club (he is on hiatus from both boards while campaigning for Delegate) and is a Precinct Chair in District 19.

Jay has also received endorsements from three key education organizations - the Montgomery County Education Association, Maryland State Education Association, and the Montgomery County Public Schools Retirees Association. Jay said, “As a father of two young boys in Montgomery County Public Schools, and with a spouse who is a University of Maryland law professor, I truly understand the importance of having teachers, staff and volunteers who take part in the development and nurturing of every student’s learning experience.”

For months, Jay has been out knocking on doors and continues to meet voters all over the District. Jay said, “I go out every day, personally talking to as many voters as possible, talking with them about their concerns or issues. I want to give each voter the confidence that, if elected, I will work hard to be a strong voice on the many issues that are so important to the voters I have met.” Jay continued, “The positive response I receive from voters is very encouraging and motivates me to keep working hard. I know there are many voters who fully believe in me and my campaign.”

Jay’s endorsements, which come from a variety of organizations, are evidence of widespread confidence in Jay’s experience with, and knowledge of, the pertinent issues. As a result of his extensive professional experience, Jay has the depth and breadth of knowledge that will be needed to take on the diverse issues that come up in Annapolis. In addition to the teachers’ unions mentioned above, Jay has been endorsed by unions that support working families (AFL-CIO, SEIU, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, Progressive Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters), environmental groups (Sierra Club and the Green Democrats), and organizations that support civil rights issues (Montgomery County National Organization for Women, NARAL, and Equality Maryland). In addition to the support of Councilmember Navarro, there are several political and community leaders, including Montgomery County Executive, Ike Leggett, who have all stated their strong confidence in Jay and his ability to be an effective leader in Annapolis.

Jay stated, “I am honored by all of the endorsements I have received, and am very happy to know that these organizations and political leaders have great confidence in my ability to be a leader in Annapolis. They know I will work with other elected officials to make changes that will improve the quality of life for so many working families and individuals in District 19.” He continued, “But, I also understand that in the next four weeks and beyond, there is much work that needs to be done. I want each voter I come in contact with to know that I will continue to work hard every day to earn their confidence and support. The work doesn’t end on September 14th, it is really just beginning.”

A full list of the endorsements Jay Hutchins has received is available on his web site,