Rockville, Md., June 7, 2022 -- The Coalition for Equitable Representation in Government (CERG 2.0), a political action committee that promotes the empowerment and participation of African Americans and other underrepresented communities of color in the local political process, has endorsed Democrat David Blair to be Montgomery County’s next County Executive.
On Monday, CERG 2.0 announced its endorsement of Blair and endorsements for County Council, State’s Attorney, and Sheriff.
“These candidates have expressed and demonstrated a commitment to inclusive participation and governing that align with fundamental values of our organization,” said CERG 2.0 PAC Chair Eric Bailey.
“We are honored to support this diverse slate of phenomenal candidates whom we believe will serve as a champion for our community while being reflective of and responsive to the needs of all Montgomery County residents and, in particular, communities of color,” said CERG 2.0 PAC Treasurer Vincent Napoleon.
“CERG and its members do critical advocacy to improve Black business development and increase opportunities for all communities to take part in a thriving economy, ensure all students are given the quality education they deserve to graduate college- or career-ready, and end racial disparities in our policing and criminal justice system,” Blair said. “I’m grateful for CERG’s support and look forward to working with this incredible group of community advocates to empower traditionally underrepresented communities. We must to make Montgomery County better.”
Through his nonprofit Council for Advocacy and Policy Solutions (CAPS), Blair partnered with businesswoman Kelly Leonard to launch Rise and Run - a training program for local Black leaders interested in running for elected office. Blair worked with the African American Health Program to start a telehealth pilot program and the Black and Brown Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Education to advocate for solutions to the County’s longstanding education achievement gap.
CERG 2.0 joins a number of leading organizations, elected officials, and former elected officials who have endorsed Blair for County Executive in the July 19 Democratic primary. Sierra Club, the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS, Councilmember and Lieutenant Governor candidate Nancy Navarro, former Councilmember Valerie Ervin, three of the County’s eight State Senators, and more are supporting Blair.
Early Voting will run from July 7 through July 14, 2022 with the State Board of Elections set to send out mail ballots starting this month.