seeks to be first openly gay representative from Western MD
Delegate Karen Lewis Young will
be introducing Fair at the kickoff event and endorsing him for the seat she
currently holds. Delegate Lewis Young is preparing her run for the Maryland
State Senate with the impending retirement of Senator Ron Young. Fair has
served as Delegate Lewis Young’s legislative director and former campaign
manager. In addition, speakers will include local activists and campaign
co-chairs Tracy Racheff and Wil Graham.
At the announcement, numerous
local businesses and organizations will be represented, including Brewer’s
Alley beer, Dublin Roasters coffee, and food from Traditional Authentic Mexican
Food truck. Additionally, The Frederick County Health Department will be
providing COVID-19 Vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, and J & J). Love for Lochlin
will be providing free Flu Vaccines.
The campaign asks attendees to
bring hygienic items (toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush,
hairbrush, deodorant, body wash, toilet paper, etc.) that will be donated
through a local nonprofit to families in need during the holiday season.
Fair will outline his message of
“Progress Starts on Day One.” His campaign will focus on post-Covid recovery,
access to quality education and healthcare for all, fighting for social justice
and equity, and investing in critical community needs, including the
environment, fair wages, housing, and mental health. He will also share how he
is uniquely qualified with vast experience in the nonprofit, for-profit, and
public sectors and how he will harness his lived experience to support all
Frederick residents with a powerful voice in Annapolis.
“As Delegate I will apply my
lived experience growing up gay in rural Frederick County, surviving the many
adversities in our community to become one of the leaders that built the
largest LGBTQ+ organization in Western Maryland,” Fair told me. “I will fight
every day for Frederick residents and my LGBTQ+ family.”
Fair, who is the current
Executive Director of The Frederick Center, a support and advocacy organization
serving the LGBTQ+ communities in the broader Frederick area, has 20 years’
leadership experience in civil rights and community outreach organizations
serving the disenfranchised with a strong track record of inter-agency
coordination. Previously, he chaired The Frederick Center Board of Directors
for over four years and had been the Director of Frederick Pride since 2012.
A graduate of Linganore High
School in 2002, Frederick Community College in 2008, and Hood College in 2012, Fair
has been active with numerous organizations besides The Frederick Center. They
include The Frederick Arts Council, The Student Homelessness
Initiative Partnership (SHIP), MOM’s Demand Action, The Golden Mile
Alliance, Marylanders for Marriage Equality, The Greater Frederick Advertising
Federation, Frederick County Democratic Party, and Weinberg Center for the
In recognition of his
strategic planning abilities, leadership skills, and contributions of many
volunteer hours, Kris has been honored with the Community Foundation of
Frederick County’s Wertheimer Award, The Human Relations Commission’s Lord
Nickens Public Service Award, and Hood College’s Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights
Award. He has been named the Frederick County Democratic Party volunteer of the
year and was recently featured in Frederick
Magazine’s People to Watch.
Kris Fair currently lives in
Frederick City with his husband, Dominick.