David Rises Above the Fray; Demonstrates The Leadership Montgomery County Needs

Rockville, Md., April 5, 2022 -- David Blair on Tuesday again articulated why his fresh perspective, big ideas, and executive experience makes him the leader Montgomery County needs as its next County Executive.

Throughout Tuesday’s forum, hosted by the Greater Silver Spring Democratic Club at Eastern Middle School, Blair focused on concrete steps he will take as County Executive to improve the county’s schools, grow good-paying jobs, make progress on climate change, and address public safety.

“That’s what I’m going to bring as County Executive - that bold vision,” Blair said. “Let’s have a 5,000-seat arena in Montgomery County so that our kids can graduate in Montgomery County. Let’s plant 10,000 trees a year. Let’s start 1,000 new businesses in the first year of my administration. Let’s end homelessness. Those are big goals that we can achieve here in Montgomery County.”

Blair explained how he’s different from the other candidates in the race because of his leadership skills. “What we’re missing is executive leadership. The ability to get things done,” Blair said. As an executive, you’re surrounding yourself with top talent. You’re setting ambitious goals. You remove obstacles and then you get out of the way.”

As Blair detailed his vision for moving Montgomery County forward, the other County Executive candidates continued bickering with each other about the past - as they have frequently done in the 11 previous forums held between the leading contenders for the Democratic nomination.

When not debating past legislation, County Councilmembers Hans Riemer and Tom Hucker, and former Councilmember Marc Elrich promised to finally improve transportation, housing, public safety, and education in Montgomery County despite a combined 63 years serving in local elected office.

Meanwhile, Blair rose above the fray and discussed his commitment to return the County’s school system to the best in Maryland, build more housing so nurses, teachers, and first responders who work in Montgomery County can afford to live in the County, and address rising crime while improving policing.

Blair’s forward-looking vision and knowledge of the issues impressed residents. An audience member pointed out how Blair focused part of his Economic Development plan on revitalizing Silver Spring and asked the other candidates what they would do to improve economic activity in Silver Spring.