Rockville, Md., April 24, 2022 - David Blair, Democratic candidate for Montgomery County Executive, pledged to solve the most pressing issues County seniors face at Sunday’s Senior Villages County Executive Forum.
The increasing cost of housing and healthcare, gaps in the County’s transportation system, and social isolation were among the many topics addressed during the senior-focused forum, hosted by a coalition of Senior Village nonprofit organizations. Senior Villages help older residents age in their homes, providing volunteers to drive to medical appointments, social gatherings, and shopping, connecting older residents to resources, and hosting events to build community and counter social isolation.
“Older adults are a critical part of our communities, which is why we developed a policy to make Montgomery County age-friendly.” Blair said. “My County For A Lifetime plan addresses the issues older residents face. We want to address these issues head-on by partnering with Senior Village organizations to ensure our senior residents get the services they deserve.”
Blair, who lost the 2018 Democratic Primary for Montgomery County Executive by just 77 votes, said he would prioritize policies to reduce the cost-of-living - including for prescription drugs and healthcare - to address the County’s sidewalk repair backlog, and to grow the economy to lower the tax burden.
“The burden placed on all of our residents - especially older residents on fixed incomes - is unsustainable. As County Executive I will grow good-paying jobs in Montgomery County to increase our tax base so our residents don’t have to continue to shoulder increasing costs,” Blair said.
The Democratic Primary for County Executive will be July 19, 2022. Early Voting will run from July 7 through July 14, 2022.