“One Montgomery: Building Fairness & Opportunity for All"
June 7th 2021
County Executive candidate David Blair released today a far-reaching platform chock full of policies designed to move Montgomery County forward and address chronic gaps in opportunity for Black, Latino, and Asian residents.
The program -- dubbed ”One Montgomery: Building Fairness and Opportunity for All”-- includes job and business development, health care, education, public safety, transportation, and housing alternatives.
“Our County’s diversity is our strength,” said Blair. “Whatever our differences, we all want the same thing. A good job with good wages and a chance to move up or a business of our own. A decent home to live in, with safe streets and equal justice for all. A quality school system to enable our kids the best of chances to realize their full potential. A place to grow old with dignity.
“Still, for all our promise and our prospects, not all have been able to share equally in building a brighter future for themselves and their families. And that’s just wrong.
“If we are to move boldly into the future, we must all move together. That’s not just the right thing to do. It’s the smart thing to do. We must be ‘One Montgomery’.”
Pointing to what the Washington Post called the County’s “exceptionally cautious” approach to the pandemic, Blair emphasized the ways the pandemic, while harming all, has disproportionately affected Blacks, Latinos, and Asians – in kids’ education, small businesses, and health care.
“If we had problems of equity before, the road back from the pandemic has left us with a truly steep climb,” he observed.
“It’s time for a change. We need to build Montgomery back better than before.”
Blair’s prescriptions include job support and business and procurement development, reforms to make policing more accountable and effective, all-day kindergarten and teacher incentives to close the achievement gap, free Ride On bus service, a fresh look at County zoning to encourage affordable housing, and targeted efforts at health and language challenges in Montgomery’s diverse communities.
Click here to see the full platform.
Contact: Patrick Lacefield 240-370-8878