David in the News: David Blair’s work on candidate diversity was successful

Democratic Montgomery County Executive candidate David Blair is featured in this letter to the editor in The Washington Post about his work to launch the Rise and Run Academy to train Black candidates for office in Montgomery County. The letter was written by Rise and Run Academy co-founder Kelly Leonard.


"Mr. Blair and I saw the lack of diversity in elected office, particularly the lack of Black elected officials despite Black residents making up 20 percent of our county’s population. We didn’t just wait for the next election cycle to contribute to and support Black candidates who happened to run. We acted by putting together Rise and Run, an eight-session program for emerging Black leaders that examined local policy issues, structuring a campaign, fundraising, polling, communications and much more," Leonard wrote.