David Blair Commits to ‘Get It Done’ for East County

Rockville, Md., June 8, 2022 -- East County has waited too long for good-paying jobs, economic investment, improved public transit, and better education offerings, according to Democratic Montgomery County Executive candidate David Blair at Wednesday’s East County County Executive Candidates Forum.

Blair pledged to accelerate the County’s efforts toward getting Viva White Oak done. Viva White Oak is a planned 300-acre life sciences and housing mixed-use development that has stalled under current County Executive Marc Elrich’s leadership. Elrich’s opposition and criticism of the project has hurt the County’s ability to bring good-paying jobs to the Route 29 Corridor, Blair argued.

Blair also committed to bring a Montgomery College East Campus to East County, focus on the redevelopment of the vacant Burtonsville Crossing Shopping Center, and reduce travel times on Bus Rapid Transit along Route 29 by extending dedicated bus lanes.

“The residents of East County deserve better. They have been waiting decades for progress - only to have progress stall in the last four years,” Blair said. “The vision is in place. What’s missing is effective executive leadership willing and able to make real progress, working with you to improve this community and expand economic opportunity.”

The forum, held at the East County Community Recreation Center, was hosted by a coalition of East County civic and citizens associations, the Montgomery County Branch of the NAACP, League of Women Voters Montgomery County, and Montgomery County Council of PTAs.

Blair recently earned the endorsement of the Coalition for Equitable Representation in Government (CERG 2.0), a group of prominent Black leaders working to increase economic investment in communities of color, improve policing, and create more opportunity in the County’s public schools. Blair has also earned endorsements from County Councilmember Nancy Navarro and former County Councilmember Valerie Ervin, two longtime advocates for economic development and greater representation in East County and throughout Montgomery County.

The Democratic Primary for County Executive is set for July 19, 2022 with Early Voting from July 7 through July 14, 2022.