Asian American Democrats Endorse Hamza Khan for District 15 Delegate
Updated: May 31, 2018
ROCKVILLE, Maryland: The Asian American Democratic Club of Montgomery County is proud to endorse Hamza Khan for District 15. Khan’s commitment to inclusion and pluralism along with his progressive record when it comes to education, the environment, and social justice issues were important to us in endorsing him. However, the overriding factor in our decision to endorse Hamza Khan for Delegate in District 15 is his highly-detailed knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting the everyday voters of his district.
Khan is one of three Asian-Americans seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for state delegate in District 15, and one of two who have applied for our endorsement, the other being Rockville resident Lily Qi. The third, Anis Ahmed, did not return a completed questionnaire by our April 1 deadline. The district is home to arguably the largest Asian voting population in the state.
Khan’s ties to District 15 are deep, having attended elementary, middle, and high school in the district. His ties to the Asian community are even more impressive; out of the 60 or so candidates who have applied for our endorsement this year, we have yet to meet another candidate with a more granular knowledge of the various Asian-American communities living in Montgomery County, as well as the issues they face in terms of public policy.
In his interview, Khan’s command of the issues was apparent. His advocacy for free tuition at Montgomery College predates President Obama’s support for the measure in 2015’s State of the Union by several years. Khan has been one of the leading Asian-Americans in our county to back a $15 minimum wage. His support for public schools, as well as the teachers and staff who work in them, is more than apparent. We trust that Hamza Khan will be a strong liberal and progressive voice in Annapolis, advocating for the needs and concerns of working families.
Despite opposition from several powerful inside players within the Asian-American community and County Executive Ike Leggett, Khan stood firm with our state’s immigrants in urging the passing of the Maryland Trust Act, calling it a “moral necessity” on more than one occasion. Khan rallied Asian leaders from Montgomery County to support the Trust Act. For a young Democratic activist, to stand up to an elected official and former chair of the state party such as Leggett is rare. Khan did so for people who cannot even vote for him. For that, he earns our endorsement.