Highly Qualified for Government Office
Based on his experience and comprehensive plans to address our county’s top issues, David has earned the endorsement of The Washington Post, the Coalition of Asian Pacific Democrats of Maryland and of Montgomery County, Congressman Anthony Brown, Maryland’s Comptroller and Chief Fiscal Officer Peter Franchot, the Apartment & Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA), Founder of Yes Moms Can Julie Zebrak, Retired MCPS Principal Wilma Holmes and the support of John Delaney, Congressman for Maryland's 6th congressional district and democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 election. Here’s some of what they had to say:
The Washington Post Editorial Board says, “We think the best bet is David Blair, a dynamic political newcomer with business acumen, energy and passion for innovation.” “[He has] substantive but realistic ideas for attracting new business, extending pre-K, preparing young people for the workforce and improving traffic…” “With his combination of fresh thinking and business savvy, he would also stand the best chance of injecting a dose of vitality into a county that badly needs it.” Read article.
The Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Maryland say, “[We] recognize your commitment and proactive stance to promote diversity and fairness, recognize the special needs of multi-cultural communities, and support economic empowerment for minority communities and the community at large.” “[We] also believe that your vision and actions would help improve Maryland’s and Montgomery County's economic position, address and integrate the special needs of our immigrant communities, support minority small businesses, and continue to make Maryland and Montgomery County one of the best places to live for working families." Read press release.
AOBA endorsement credits David for “[having] a plan for creating a vibrant and diversified economy while also meeting the challenges of the county’s social needs.” Read press release.
Congressman Anthony Brown endorses David, “I’ve worked closely with David for many years. David has a strong record of leading teams and developing innovative, collaborative solutions to tackle business and budget challenges. He is uniquely qualified to create jobs, grow the economy and expand opportunity – while continuing to invest in our schools, improve traffic and prepare residents for the workforce. He has the experience, passion and vision to lead the County into the future. David will be an outstanding County Executive for Montgomery County.”
Comptroller Peter Franchot endorsed David Blair, “There is nobody who has a clearer understanding than David of the pressures facing Montgomery County’s working, middle-class families – far too many of whom have seen the size of their paychecks stagnate while the costs of living continue to rise.” “David has the vision and the experience of a leader. As someone who has given so much back to our community through his work to end homelessness and poverty, create better early childhood learning opportunities and improve the lives of people with disabilities, he also has the values of a true public servant.” Read full endorsement.
Congressman John Delaney says, “David would be a superb Montgomery County Executive and help make Montgomery County more competitive for jobs.” Read tweet.
Over the past two years, David has spent time with hundreds of employers, government officials, community groups and residents as well as researched best practices from around the country to identify the best ideas to move Montgomery County forward; all discussions that helped shape his substantive strategies and platforms, along with his own experiences. He is a member of the Montgomery County Community Foundation, County Executive Ike Leggett’s Economic Advisory Group and works with the Bipartisan Policy Center, a nonprofit focused on addressing public sector challenges, including creating an entrepreneurial environment, ensuring access to early childhood development and accelerating health innovation.
David is committed to serving the residents of Montgomery County and will bring his leadership, business experience and collaborative approach to move our County forward. He will apply the same qualities that made him successful with his prior teams, building a customer-oriented service organization that puts the needs of others first, and building a positive and vibrant culture where teams collaborate toward common goals and are empowered to innovate, create efficiencies and have a shared passion for success and for helping others.
David is a lifelong Montgomery County resident, running for County Executive because our county is not reaching its potential. Our elected officials have overdeveloped areas without properly investing in our schools and transportation – leaving us with overcrowded schools and some of the worst traffic in the country. Since our economy has been at a standstill for over a decade, our county officials have continued to raise taxes – making our county increasingly unaffordable for many.
While David’s strongest background is in the business world, growing a business that became a Fortune 500 company with $6 billion in annualized sales and creating thousands of jobs, David’s also always had a passion for public service and for giving back. He has a philosophy that when a door opens for him, it’s his responsibility to open the door for others. This led to his engagement with our community and local government. By definition, the office of County Executive requires a leader with experience in executive leadership, managing large teams and budgets as well as managing competing priorities. David brings more than 20 years of executive leadership experience, spending most of his professional career running a billion-dollar corporation. This has afforded him unique skills and experiences that will be immensely valuable in the County Executive role, including:
recruiting, managing and retaining top talent
developing innovative strategies and solutions
leading teams to execute toward a common goal
exercising fiduciary responsibility
accurately forecasting revenues
balancing and adhering to a budget
stamping out redundancies
looking at how we get more done with less
having accountability to others, and
getting things done – timely and efficiently
David is earning one vote at a time. During any given week, he’s meeting with voters at Metro stops, town squares, meet & greets, townhall meetings as well as going door-to-door to meet with residents. In addition, David holds weekly open office hours and encourages residents to stop by the campaign office to meet with him.