Rockville, Md., May 17, 2022 -- David Blair, Democratic candidate for Montgomery County Executive, launched his first television advertisement on Tuesday highlighting his community advocacy efforts since falling just 77 votes short in the 2018 County Executive Primary.
“I took my experience as an entrepreneur and job creator and worked with community groups to combat poverty and lift our residents up,” Blair says in the advertisement. “Now, as we recover from COVID, we need a fresh start. Let’s make the County more affordable, take on vandalism and crime, and raise up all of our schools.”
The new 30-second spot titled “Remember Me?” will run on cable throughout Montgomery County and references Blair’s work on a variety of nonprofit initiatives and partnerships over the past four years:
Blair helped launch and raise funding for the Food For Montgomery Fund, which doubled new food distribution sites and provided grants to food nonprofit organizations for supplies and food storage equipment.
Blair’s nonprofit Council for Advocacy and Policy Solutions (CAPS) started Rise and Run Academy, a campaign training program for local Black leaders interested in running for elected office. Three members of the inaugural class of Rise and Run are running for local elected office in the 2022 Democratic Primary.
Blair partnered with The Universities at Shady Grove to develop, fund, and launch the Entrepreneurship Lab, which over the last year reached 500 students through its programs and distributed $56,500 in stipends and awards to entrepreneurs starting the next generation of Montgomery County businesses.
Blair served as campaign chair and raised funding for campaigns to successfully defeat Republican Robin Ficker’s harmful Question B and approve Question A on the 2020 ballot for a more progressive County property tax structure. Moody’s Investors Service, one of the three major Wall Street bond ratings agencies, characterized the success of Question A and defeat of Question B as “credit positive” for the County.
Blair supported the Kirwan Commission’s recommendations for increased public education investment and focus on the racial achievement gap and college- and career-readiness - rallying community support for the legislation locally and in Annapolis and joining business leaders from around the State to make the case for why the economic benefits of increased education investment would outweigh the costs.
Blair’s campaign has benefitted from a fast-growing and diverse number of organizations and local leaders who have pledged their support for him in the July 19 Democratic Primary for County Executive.
Endorsers of Blair include Sierra Club, the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS (GCAAR), Former County Councilmember Valerie Ervin, Maryland Senate Majority Leader Nancy King (District 39), State Senator and Vice Chair of the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee Cheryl Kagan (District 17), City of Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman, former Congressional Reps. John Delaney and Michael Barnes, and former City of Rockville Mayor and 2018 County Executive candidate Rose Krasnow. Recently, David was named a 2022 Gun Sense Candidate by Moms Demand Action.