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Huntsville School Board Member Considers Run For State Senate

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David Blair is President of the Huntsville Board of Education. (WHNT News 19 file)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The 2014 election is more than a year away, but potential candidates are already starting to express their interest in running for higher office.

One of those hopefuls is David Blair, Vice President of the Huntsville City School Board.  Blair announced he has his eyes on a state Senate seat.

Blair has lived in the Tennessee Valley for more than 20 years.  In that time, he has served the community during two non-consecutive terms on the school board, the first from 2000 to 2004, and the most recent starting in 2010.

Blair says his time on the board has shown him what can be accomplished when people work together toward a common goal.  In that case, it was getting the school district out of debt.

In Montgomery, Blair says, that experience would be used to move Alabama, and Huntsville, forward.

“Huntsville has had a great trajectory of growth, and some of the things that are happening in Montgomery aren’t helping along that trajectory of growth,” said Blair, citing 13 major Huntsville road projects that have recently been delayed up to as much as a decade.

If Blair ultimately decides to run, he would be pitted against current Senator Paul Sanford. Blair says his decision to possibly run isn’t a statement on the job Sanford has done representing the district — rather, a belief in what Blair thinks he could for the state.

“I’ve made the tough decisions before. We’ve seen my ability to make an impact in the community. I think I’ve done that twice,” said Blair. “I want to take the background and experience I have, and take that down to Montgomery, work with other folks, have a shared vision, and continue to move this community forward.”

Blair did express interest in running for U.S. Congress back in 2010. However, he ultimately decided to go for a second term on the school board.