For Immediate Release
Sept 27, 2013
Contact: Rachel Gumpert

Top Maryland State Party Leader Endorses Hrant Jamgochian for District 16 Delegate

Joins Ranks of Sitting US Congressman and MD Attorney General as Latest in High Profile Supporters

Bethesda, MD – Today Hrant Jamgochian announced the endorsement of former Maryland Democratic Party Chair Susan Turnbull in support of his candidacy for District 16 Delegate. Turnbull served as state Democratic Party Chair up until 2011 and is a heavy hitting influencer in state Democratic circles, with a long resume that includes numerous leadership positions in the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Turnbull stressed Hrant’s dedication to service and his top-tier candidate credentials in her passionate endorsement.

“For me, what I look for in a representative is someone who puts his or her constituents first; who runs for office because of a keen interest in doing good. Hrant is someone I have confidence in not only because he cares and will strive to do good, but because he will do it well”, Turnbull said. “He is exactly the kind of dedicated public servant that continues in the strong tradition of other District 16 superstars, Nancy Kopp and Brian Frosh.”

Turnbull joins the ranks of high profile Jamgochian supporters including current Attorney General and District 16 resident Doug Gansler, as well as US Congressman and Ranking Member of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health Frank Pallone.

A common theme of Jamgochian’s supporters is an emphasis on his extensive health policy experience and dedicated leadership on progressive causes. Turnbull underscored the importance of his two decades of professional experience in her endorsement, saying, “Hrant has the potential to be a strong informed consensus builder on one of the most critical issues of these times – health care.”

Turnbull has served in numerous leadership positions within the state and national Democratic party in addition to her role as the Maryland Democratic Party Chair, including Democratic National Committee (DNC) Vice Chair; DNC Deputy Chair; Chair of the DNC Women’s Caucus and National Chair of the Woman’s Leadership Forum.  Turnbull also serves as the Chair of Jewish Women International; Vice Chair of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs; a Member of the Board of Hillel; and as a Member of the Board of the Jewish Social Service Agency of Metropolitan Washington.

For Immediate Release
June 19, 2013
Contact: Rachel Gumpert

Hrant Jamgochian Holds Kickoff Campaign Fundraiser with US Rep Frank Pallone
Announces Fundraising Haul of Over $20,000 from 150 Donors Raised in Under 5 Weeks

Bethesda, MD – On Monday night Hrant Jamgochian held his first fundraiser in his campaign for Maryland District 16 Delegate, announcing that he significantly surpassed his goal of raising $20,000 in under five weeks, with contributions from 150 unique donors. US Congressman and Ranking Member on the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Frank Pallone spoke at the event in support of Jamgochian’s candidacy.

“Hrant and I have been working together for more than a decade, through his professional leadership in healthcare advocacy,” said Congressman Pallone. Referring to Jamgochian as a friend, he continued, “I can tell you that Hrant has got it right when it comes to good Democratic values and a true commitment to improving access, affordability and quality of care for all Maryland residents”.

At the event Jamgochian revealed that his aggressive fundraising success would be key in implementing his strategy for communicating his priorities and values to voters – values, he argued, most residents of the district share. “We believe in protecting the most vulnerable members of society, in fostering an affordable and accessible educational system,” Jamgochian said. “We believe in an economy where people pay their fair share and we are able to find good jobs in the fields we have spent years preparing for.”

Jamgochian’s early fundraising success is notable in District 16 because of the short period of time it was raised in – a year in advance of the primary election – and the diverse and large number of donors who have quickly coalesced around his campaign. While many candidates in this district ran on primarily self-funded campaigns in 2010, Jamgochian’s grassroots support and fundraising power are a show of his greater viability.

For Immediate Release
May 10, 2013
Contact: Rachel Gumpert

Hrant Jamgochian Speaks at Public Hearing on Pepco;
Slams Proposed $60.8 Million Rate Increase

Jamgochian delivers hard-hitting speech calling for improved reliability and less frequent outages

Rockville, MD – Last night Hrant Jamgochian testified at the Public Service Commission Hearing at Montgomery College, slamming Pepco’s proposed $60.8 million rate increase and demanding improved reliability in service.

“Before the Public Service Commission raises any rates, PEPCO needs to ensure better reliability for everyone, and especially for our residents who rely on life-saving medical technology,” Jamgochian argued. “Instead of trying to take $60.8 million more from us, Pepco needs to reassess it’s priorities and provide us with reliability in service that we can count on, less frequent service interruptions and outages, outages that are restored sooner when they do occur, better customer service with higher quality information available when we need it, quicker downed wire repair for homes at risk, and proactive tree trimming – not waiting until after devastation has been caused. Anything less is inexcusable.”

Jamgochian joined with Delegate Al Carr from neighboring District 18, AARP, and a dozen local activists in expressing concern over the proposed rate increase. Pepco is a highly unpopular company in Maryland due to its notoriously unreliable service and the extended lengths of power outages. The issue is particularly salient in District 16 due to the amount of trees present and lack of underground wires in the area.

Service reliability is a serious medical concern for those who rely on electrical-based medical equipment, including dialysis and oxygen machines. As a Delegate. Hrant will work to craft policy that holds PEPCO accountable and helps Maryland residents receive the quality service that they paid their hard earned money for.

For Immediate Release
May 4, 2013
Contact: Rachel Gumpert
202 417 6314


Hrant Jamgochian Announces Candidacy for Maryland District 16 Delegate
Jamgochian has filed for candidacy, hired staff and begun fundraising in aggressive early campaign push

Bethesda, MD – Today Hrant Jamgochian announced his candidacy for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 16 to an over-capacity crowd of roughly 100 enthusiastic supporters.  A lifetime healthcare and community advocate, in 2010 Jamgochian was a candidate for District 16 Delegate.  Despite his late entry into the race, Jamgochian secured the c\oveted endorsements of both The Washington Post and The Gazette, finishing as a close runner up.
“This race is about how we can work together to improve our health, education and economy.  It’s about those of us who are struggling to ensure high quality care for loved ones, like I am with my grandmother,” said Jamgochian. “This election is about so many of our neighbors, who are now telling their children that they cannot afford to send them to the college of their choice, despite working hard and saving for nearly two decades. Together we can do better.”
Jamgochian, named for his grandfather who escaped the Armenian Genocide, continues to work tirelessly for patient access to care.  Jamgochian is an attorney with nearly 20 years of public policy experience.  He currently serves as the Executive Director for Dialysis Patient Citizens, a patient advocacy organization working to improve the quality of life for some of America’s most vulnerable citizens.
“If constituents are looking for a candidate who is authentic, genuine and truly cares about people – then Hrant is your guy,” said Eric Edwards, a dialysis patient who flew from Atlanta to show his support. Edwards is among several high-profile patient advocates supporting Jamgochian, a list that includes Stacey Stewart, Bethesda resident and U.S. President for United Way Worldwide.Jamgochian has been widely acknowledged for already having assembled a professional campaign team and lining up early support from local Democratic Party officials and elected Democrats. To view Jamgochian’s current list of supporters or to add your name go to:  Hrant is widely seen as the front runner in what could be a crowded primary. The primary date is June 24, 2014.