December 9, 2016

Contact: Julio Ceron, Secretary
Latino Democratic Club


Silver Spring, Md. – Following the appointment of William Colonel Smith, Jr., to the District 20 Senate seat, Latino Democratic Club President Mayra Bayonet released the following statement announcing the endorsement of Jheanelle Wilkins for the vacant Delegate seat:

“After thoroughly reviewing all six candidates’ answers to our questionnaire, which was crafted to gauge their commitment to addressing issues facing the Latino community, and hearing from the candidates at two Club-sponsored community forums, the Latino Democratic Club enthusiastically endorses the candidacy of Jheanelle Wilkins, who has advocated on behalf of the immigrant community in both her personal and professional life. Much like many residents in District 20, Jheanelle, at the tender age of five, immigrated to the United States in search of a better life. Her experience as an immigrant has informed her advocacy and will undoubtedly have a similar bearing on her legislative priorities.

“The Board was additionally impressed by Jheanelle’s perceptible dedication to public service, not only as senior field manager with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, but as a community activist working to resist anti-immigrant policies, push universal voter registration, organize County renters, and advocate a livable wage, as well. We are unwavering in our belief that Jheanelle Wilkins will be an effective representative of the people of District 20 in the House of Delegates.”


The Latino Democratic Club of Montgomery County is a community-centered and mission-driven club, promoting and advancing the civic and political engagement of the Democratic Latino community in Montgomery County.