Sad news out of Virginia... Joe Montano, the Northern Virginia regional director for Democratic vice presidential candidate and Senator Tim Kaine, died suddenly this week at his home in Falls Church. He was 47.
Joe Montano, regional director for Sen. Kaine's office, dies at 47
Described by many as the face of Senator Kaine's office, Montano is remembered as a passionate community activist, committed public servant, advocate for immigrants and champion of the Filipino American community.
"My staff and I are deeply saddened by the death of our Northern Virginia Regional Director," Senator Kaine said in a statement. "Joe was an outstanding representative of this office, enthusiastic servant of the people of Northern Virginia, and admired colleague by all who worked with him. We will remember him by his positive energy, tireless work ethic, and infectious smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe's family."
At a DNC breakfast on Wednesday, Kaine remembered Montano's friendship, service and spirit, calling him a "proud, patriotic American" who was about "outreach, bridge-building and bringing people together."
Montano is survived by his parents Lori Montano and Jose Montano, his siblings Amy Lopez and Ben Montano.
"The collective pain that we feel as we process his passing brings us together to remember his love, his energy, and his laughter," Montano's family said in a statement. "He loved his family, he was proud of who he was and where he came from. Share your stories of Joe and continue to keep him in our hearts."
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