David Harrington, former elected official and business leader, has died at the age of 68

David Harrington, former elected official and business leader, has died at the age of 68

David Harrington, a former elected official and community leader in Prince George’s County, died this week at the age of 68. Photo courtesy of Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce.

The former mayor, county official and senator who later became an advocate for the business community, died Monday at the age of 68.

David Harrington has served as mayor of Bladensburg (1995-2002), a member of Prince George’s County Council (2002 to 2008) and a member of the Senate (2008 to 2011).

He started a new job in April as Senior Director of Community Relations and Stakeholder Development at Kaiser Permanente in the Mid-Atlantic region.

One of Chevrely’s neighbors, former County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, had known Harrington since they met at Howard University in 1978.

“He was president of the Liberal Arts Student Council in my freshman year of college,” Baker said Tuesday. “He spoke to our class and I went to talk to him about student government. He said, ‘You should run for class president two,’ and I did. I later became the president of the liberal arts student council.”

Harrington’s death affected Baker on several levels because his wife Krista Beverly Baker died a year earlier on September 18, 2021.

Baker said Harrington’s death led to several phone calls from his peers.

“I’ve had several calls from people of our generation for medical tests,” he said. “We have to make sure that we communicate with each other, especially African American men, about our health.”

Regarding health advocacy, Harrington worked for about a year as a senior policy advisor at CommonHealth ACTION in Washington, DC.

Besides his work in the county public service, he is best known for over 10 years as president and CEO of the county chamber of commerce.

Harrington revived the Chamber and increased its membership to 600 large, medium and small companies. He used his political experience to advocate for state and local pro-business policies.

According to a statement from the Chamber, “Daoud was well liked, respected and respected throughout the region.” “The Chamber shares his family, community, and businesses in Prince George’s County, as well as the entire public on his passing. We are saddened but will continue, as an organization, to honor his mission of excellence, service, advocacy, policy advice, guidance, and leadership.”

David Iannucci, President and CEO of Prince George’s Economic Development Corporation, described Harrington as a “tireless advocate” for economic development in the county.

“This loss came as a huge shock to the business community,” Yanucci said. “He had a huge presence and we will miss him very much.”

Iannucci used many words to describe Harrington, but he said one stands out: “a mentor.”

Among those educated is state Senator Malcolm Augustine (D. Prince George), who also resides in Chevreley.

“David was a good friend and teacher who served our community with distinction in a number of capacities,” Augustine said. “I am grateful for our friendship and his wonderful service. Senator David C. Harrington will be missed, but never forgotten.”

At a fundraising event for Prince George’s County Executive Angela Sobrook (D-D) Tuesday evening, US Representative Anthony Brown (D-D) asked the crowd to observe a minute of silence in Harrington’s honor.

Brown praised Harrington’s dedication to his family and political skills, and said he “helped raise [the Prince George’s chamber] Among the ashes.”

Founding editor Josh Kurtz contributed to this story.

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