Rockville, Md., May 5, 2022 -- The Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS (GCAAR) today endorsed Democrat David Blair for Montgomery County Executive.
GCAAR, one of the largest local REALTOR associations in the U.S., represents more than 10,000 REALTOR members in Montgomery County and neighboring Washington, D.C. and is a leading advocate for affordable housing and lowering barriers to home ownership.
“David believes the housing shortage in our region is a critical challenge. He understands that rising costs and lagging homeownership rates among our younger generations are dragging down our local economy, and he is ready to take action to reverse these troubling trends,” read GCAAR’s statement. “Building more housing, at all economic levels, is vital for our future - and David is committed to making that a reality.”
The homeownership rate in Montgomery County has fallen across income levels since 2010 and the County projects needing at least 40,000 new housing units by 2030 to close the affordable housing gap. Blair has committed to more support for first-time homebuyers, pursuing thousands of transit-oriented housing units near Metro and the Purple Line, and growing the County’s economy to stop the trend of escalating taxes and fees for homebuyers.
“I’m grateful to GCAAR for their support and endorsement of our vision for a better Montgomery County,” Blair said. “GCAAR and its members understand the intrinsic connection between growing good-paying jobs and affordable housing. Teachers, nurses, first responders, young professionals, families, and aging residents all deserve to live in our community affordably. Every day, GCAAR’s members see the importance of addressing our affordable housing shortage and building a growing and sustainable economy.”
GCAAR joins a growing number of organizations and local leaders who have pledged their support for Blair in the July 19 Democratic Primary for County Executive. Endorsers of Blair include Sierra Club, former Councilmember and gubernatorial candidate 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.
The Democratic Primary for County Executive will be July 19, 2022. Early Voting will run from July 7 through July 14, 2022.