• Sierra Club Endorses Hrant Jamgochian for District 16 Delegate; Cites “Long History Working to Activate the Grassroots for the Environment”

    For Immediate Release
    January 21, 2014
    Contact: Rachel Gumpert
    rachel@gojamgo.org

    Sierra Club Endorses Hrant Jamgochian for District 16 Delegate;
    Cites “Long History Working to Activate the Grassroots for the Environment”

    Bethesda, MD – On Saturday, the Sierra Club announced its endorsement of Hrant Jamgochian for District 16 Delegate. Theirs is the first major organizational endorsement of non-incumbents this campaign cycle, and widely seen as one of the most important endorsements for Montgomery County candidates.  In its decision to endorse Jamgochian, the Sierra Club cited his extensive environmental experience and dedication to tackling Maryland’s pressing environmental issues.

    “Hrant Jamgochian has a long history working to activate the grassroots for the environment,” said Betsy Johnson, Political Chair of Sierra Club Maryland.  “As a grassroots organization, and one that Hrant has served honorably, we look forward to working with him in Annapolis on issues of great concern to our state and country.  Issues like addressing climate change, improving our water supply, and containing growth through smart transportation choices.”

    The Sierra Club endorsement is the latest in a series of strong showings for the Jamgochian campaign, coming barely a week after campaign finance reports show Jamgochian with a significant resource advantage in the race.

    Jamgochian began his professional career working on environmental campaigns across the country, and continues to remain active on environmental issues.  He is a Life Member of the Sierra Club, recently serving on the Executive Committee for the Montgomery County Sierra Club.

  • 25,000 Marylanders Lose Unemployment Benefits, Hrant Jamgochian Calls for Action on Behalf of Vulnerable Marylanders

    For Immediate Release
    December 28, 2013
    Contact: Rachel Gumpert
    rachel@gojamgo.org

    25,000 Marylanders Lose Unemployment Benefits, Hrant Jamgochian Calls for Action on Behalf of Vulnerable Marylanders

     
    Bethesda, MD – Today, 25,000 Marylanders lost unemployment benefits as part of a federal sunset on emergency aid to the long-term unemployed, impacting 1.3 million Americans.  Hrant Jamgochian, District 16 Delegate candidate, called for immediate action on behalf of the vulnerable Marylanders who lost their assistance.
     
    Jamgochian noted that across the country, Americans are still facing the highest level of long-term unemployment since World War II.  “In Maryland, long-term unemployment crosses socio-economic and educational lines, impacting everyone from professionals with graduate degrees, high school drop outs, two income families with children, older workers nearing retirement and recent college graduates,” said Jamgochian.  “The decision to scrap unemployment benefits to 25,000 vulnerable Marylanders is about priorities which are misplaced.  When we’re facing the highest numbers of long-term unemployment in decades, our priority needs to be standing with our fellow Marylanders and helping them as they continue to work to find new employment.”
     
    Long-term unemployment has repeatedly been linked to a decreased likelihood of attaining new employment.  On average, workers who have been out of work 27 weeks or more see their chances of securing employment drop to only 12% in any given month. Without congressional action, thousands more Marylanders and a projected 3.6 million Americans will see their unemployment benefits expire by summer 2014. In Maryland, the average unemployment benefit pays $313 a week.
  • Hrant Jamgochian Voices Support of PowerUpMontco Petition to Intervene; Del. Carr’s Participant Compensation Bill

    For Immediate Release
    December 18, 2013
    Contact: Rachel Gumpert
    rachel@gojamgo.org

    Hrant Jamgochian Voices Support of PowerUpMontco Petition to Intervene; Del. Carr’s Participant Compensation Bill

    Bethesda, MD – Today District 16 Delegate candidate Hrant Jamgochian announced his support for PowerUpMontco’s decision to file a Petition to Intervene in Pepco’s recent rate increase request, as well as his support for Delegate Al Carr’s participant compensation bill. PowerUpMontco’s plan to file the Petition comes in the wake of a December 4th Pepco proposal requesting a $43.3 million rate increase. The request is estimated to increase bills for Montgomery County residents nearly $5 a month and is their second rate increase request of 2013.

    “When my late Father-in-Law lived with my wife and me, he was put on a permanent oxygen machine that he often needed in order to breathe. Service reliability is a real issue that has very serious consequences for Marylanders, especially for our seniors and those who rely on life-saving medical technology,” Jamgochian said. “Instead of lobbying for a fresh rate increase, Pepco needs to reassess its priorities and work to ensure we have increased service reliability, shorter and less frequent outages, more rapid downed wire repair for homes in risk and greater proactive tree trimming.”

    Jamgochian also voiced support for Delegate Carr’s Participant Compensation bill from the previous legislative session (HB 1129), which Carr plans to introduce again in the upcoming 2014 session. The legislation would seek to provide compensation on a limited basis to parties participating in rate cases filed with the Maryland Public Service Commission. The goal of the legislation is to give voice to a more diverse range of rate payers, in a legal process where utility companies have the ability to greatly outspend the vast majority of consumers on legal fees.

  • Jamgochian Campaign Raises Over $23,000 at December Fundraiser; Formidable Sign of Strength Ahead of Finance Deadline

    For Immediate Release
    December 6, 2013
    Contact: Rachel Gumpert

    Jamgochian Campaign Raises Over $23,000 at December Fundraiser
    Formidable Sign of Strength Ahead of Finance Deadline


    Bethesda, MD – District 16 Delegate candidate Hrant Jamgochian raised $23,085 at a block-buster end-of-year fundraiser yesterday, at an event hosted by US President of United Way Worldwide Stacey Stewart.  This fundraiser comes just one month before the first fundraising deadline, and is a sign of the daunting climb any potential challengers would face if entering the race.

    Jamgochian brings twenty years of public policy experience and currently serves as the Executive Director for Dialysis Patient Citizens, a national patient advocacy organization that works to improve the quality of life for kidney disease patients. He previously worked at United Way Worldwide as the Director of Health Policy, where served as the lead expert on state and federal health policy issues.  On the campaign trail, Jamgochian frequently cites his tenure and leadership at United Way Worldwide as informative to the legislative goals he hopes to accomplish as a Delegate.

    Jamgochian’s aggressively early start includes a June fundraiser that also broke the $20,000 mark, a full time Campaign Manager who has been on the ground for seven months and a team of national consultants assembled in early 2013. In what was expected to be a crowded and hotly contested primary field, Jamgochian’s early start, strong fundraising efforts, consolidation of local endorsements and extensive professional experience have been described by local activists as playing a critical role in giving his campaign an edge.

  • Spreading the Cheer: How You Can Help a Neighbor in Montgomery County

    As we celebrate Hanukkah and Thanksgiving this week, too many in Montgomery County are going without during the Holidays and around the year. If you’re able to help spread some cheer this Holiday season, the Montgomery County Holiday Giving Project has ways you can help your neighbors:

    Volunteering

    Help distribute food to those in need during the following shift:

    November 27th 4:00pm – 8:30pm

    Shifts will be held at the White Oak Community Recreation Center, 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20901.

    Food Donation

    Help give someone else a holiday meal by donating any of the following non-perishable food items:

    Canned Yams, Canned Cranberry, Canned Green Beans, Canned Chicken Broth, Canned Carrots, Dried Stuffing Mix, Canned Gravy, Instant Mashed Potatoes, Canned Pie Filling, and Boxed Muffin Mix

    Donations can be brought to the White Oak Community Recreation Center, 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20901.

    Financial contribution

    According to Montgomery County Holiday Giving Project partner Nourish Now, a contribution of $30 can feed a family of 1-2, a contribution of $45 can feed a family of 3-4, and a contribution of $55 can feed a family of 5-7.

    To contribute to Nourish Now’s Holiday efforts, click here. Be sure to write “Thanksgiving” in the notes section on the online form so your money goes towards a family’s holiday.

    Want to help in a way not listed? Contact Interfaith Works at 301-315-1107 and ask what else you can do for your neighbors.