HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Surrounded by supporters, David Blair announced his candidacy for State Senate District 7 on Tuesday morning.
Blair made the announcement at Worthington Federal Bank. He will challenge Paul Sanford for the Republican nomination in June 2014.
"I believe it's time for a change. We need a senator who will get things done and work with area leaders in a harmonious way," said Blair. "We deserve a strong, effective leader with a proven conservative track record of getting things done, and I believe I'm that leader."
Blair says part of what he wants to do is bring our money and focus back to this area.
"Right now we haven't had a whole lot of work going on for Huntsville, Madison County," said Blair. "The senators around us have been doing a good job. They've been working hard. They've been bringing money and jobs and infrastructure support to their communities. We haven't had that here in this area and that's what I really think I can bring."
Blair is the current president of the Huntsville Board of Education. He addressed why he would leave this position for the State Senate, if elected.
"Unfortunately what's happened down in Montgomery is we've been blocked on some things," said Blair. "You look at some things going on in Montgomery, the Accountability Act. While I understand the intention of it as it was implemented, it really kind of hurt our school system and other school systems across Alabama. So what I'm seeing is we can only go so far before we start having some impact from Montgomery."
The primary is June 3, 2014.