THE WASHINGTON POST
““Mr. Blair is right that unless Montgomery steps up its economic development game, improves transportation alternatives and rebalances its affordable housing supply to meet demand, the county’s prospects are anemic,” wrote The Post. “His detailed, proactive plan is the right medicine to revitalize the county. And his smart approach to rising crime — he would both support and reform the police — would be an upgrade on Mr. Elrich, who bungled the hiring of a new police chief.”
COUNCILMEMBER NANCY NAVARRO
Lieutenant Governor Candidate and County Councilmember representing District 4 - Wheaton, Olney, Glenmont, Aspen Hill, Colesville
I heartily endorse David Blair for County Executive because I believe he will bring the right leadership ability and experience that will move us forward towards a more innovative and economically vibrant county as he builds on the progress we have made in many crucial areas. This COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated our challenges, but it has also opened exciting opportunities for innovation, equity and shared prosperity. David understands the importance of bringing everyone into the conversation, including traditionally underrepresented communities, and has a proven record of visioning and executing big, bold ideas.
“David Blair understands the urgency of addressing climate change and is running a campaign dedicated to action. He has a bold, achievable vision for Montgomery County where we grow public transit, support walkable and bikeable communities, emphasize smart growth and jobs in Montgomery County, and do our part to contribute to Maryland’s transformation to relying on clean energy located in-state.”
SENATOR CHERYL KAGAN
Representing District 17 - Gaithersburg and Rockville
“David Blair will bring a common sense approach to revitalizing our economy by supporting our businesses and nonprofits as they work to recover from the pandemic. He has a proven track record of advocating for top-notch education for all students. I’ve seen his commitment to making a difference, and I am confident that he will provide the collaborative and compassionate leadership we need from our next County Executive.”
Former County Councilmember, Board of Education Member, Gubernatorial Candidate
“I know that David Blair not only is the nicest human being you’ll ever meet, but he is someone who understands how to build a team, bring people together, build consensus, and get things done. Because without a David Blair as County Executive, we continue to lose ground not only in Montgomery County but in the entire region. We have seen ourselves going backward in terms of jobs, economic development, even schools. It is time for a new leader and David is that person, a true leader who will take us to the next level.”
SENATOR NANCY KING
Senate Majority Leader, District 39 - Gaithersburg, Germantown, Montgomery Village, Clarksburg
“I’m excited to endorse David Blair to be our next County Executive. David will bring the fresh perspective and effective leadership that we need so that Montgomery County will again be a leader in our state. I have been so impressed by the amount of work David has done to find out what Montgomery County needs to improve all of our schools, to bring businesses here, and to prepare people for good-paying careers.”
DELEGATE LILY QI
Representing District 15 - Potomac, Poolesville, North Potomac, Germantown, Clarksburg
“David is the kind of leader who is unafraid of taking action, and he has proven himself to be effective working across different sectors to get different things done. I'm proud to endorse him. As a County Executive, you not only need the right policies, but you have to execute. You need the experience to understand how to hire people and engage them and make sure they stay engaged to move the needle.”
SENATOR BRIAN FELDMAN
Representing District 15 - Potomac, North Potomac, Poolesville, Germantown, Clarksburg
“David has the experience and ambition to set big goals and follow through for results that are necessary to be an effective County Executive. With David's strong leadership skills, Montgomery County can address the pressing issues facing our residents.”
“David believes the housing shortage in our region is a critical challenge. He understands that rising costs and lagging homeownership rates among our younger generations are dragging down our local economy, and he is ready to take action to reverse these troubling trends. Building more housing, at all economic levels, is vital for our future - and David is committed to making that a reality.”
MAYOR JUD ASHMAN
City of Gaithersburg
“David Blair is going to bring the fresh perspective and collaborative leadership we need from our County Executive to better serve Gaithersburg and its residents. I’ve been impressed with David’s leadership serving those in need during the pandemic. I know David has the ability to bring much-needed new businesses and economic activity to our County and that he will work with municipal leaders to improve the quality of life for everyone.”
"David’s economic vision for the County, his experience as a successful entrepreneur and his work as a nonprofit and community leader together with his wife, Mikel, qualifies him to be the post-COVID leader Montgomery County needs at this moment in time."
Former Member of Congress, Sixth District
Coalition for Equitable Representation in Government (CERG 2.0)
"We work to ensure that Montgomery County is represented by elected officials who reflect the diversity in the County, and who are responsive to the needs of all County residents, specifically African Americans and other underrepresented communities of color. These candidates have expressed and demonstrated a commitment to inclusive participation and governing that align with fundamental values of our organization."
"He has run a very successful company and as I’ve always said, there is really a big difference between serving on a legislative body and serving as an executive. David has executive leadership experience. As the person at the top, the executive has to have vision and the ability to sell that vision and ability to make things happen."
Former Mayor of Rockville, 2018 Candidate for County Executive
"We need someone who thinks independently and who thinks for all of us, not just one little segment of Montgomery County. This is a great community, but we can be so much better with new leadership, new vision."
Former County Councilmember, Planning Board Commissioner, Candidate for County Executive
"I have a long and healthy perspective and believe David Blair is the most qualified candidate for Montgomery County Executive. His leadership record and vision for the county is what we need to reclaim Montgomery County as the state’s brightest star."
Former Member of Congress, Eighth District
City of Gaithersburg Council Vice President
“David is the only candidate who comes to the role with deep and successful experience as the executive leader of large organizations. He is a bridge builder – he will bring us together. It’s important that we have an executive who can work together with the council and our state and federal partners, with our nonprofits, with the business community, and with our public safety providers, and with all our residents.”
STEVE VAN GRACK
"I believe David understands the needs of the people and the businesses in Montgomery County. He has a way of doing things, solving problems, and from my perspective, and my heart in Rockville, I believe David Blair will be a superb County Executive."