Kensington councilman makes run for House of Delegates in District 18

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

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Alfred C. Carr Jr., a two-term member of the Kensington Town Council, has filed to run for the House of Delegates in District 18.

‘‘Serving in Kensington has been a great preparation to serving as delegate,” Carr said. ‘‘Kensington is a microcosm of District 18. It’s very economically diverse, we have five state roads that go through the town and we have some very serious issues that we’ve dealt with like pedestrian fatalities.”

Carr, 40, currently serves on the board of the District 18 Caucus of the Democratic Party, a precinct vice chairman for the Montgomery County Democratic Party, a member of Maryland Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials and was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Committee for Montgomery.

Carr decided to run when Del. Richard S. Madaleno (D) announced his candidacy for the newly vacant Senate seat in District 18, which includes portions of Silver Spring, Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Kensington and Wheaton. The current delegation also includes Del. Jane E. Lawton (D) and Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D) both of Chevy Chase.

‘‘I want to give back to the community,” he said. ‘‘I’m a fortunate man and I know that I owe the opportunities that my family and I enjoy today to previous generations who sacrificed.”

Carr, who co-chairs the Coalition of Kensington Communities Transportation Committee, said one of his top priorities as a delegate would be to promote more balanced transportation policies.

‘‘I would like to see us have more of an emphasis on mass transit, on pedestrian safety, on intersection improvements and also a better land use policy,” he said.

He also cited environmental protection and improving energy policies among his major campaign issues.

‘‘Unfortunately, in the nation and also in the state we have energy interests that are writing our laws and policies,” Carr said. ‘‘And so we need to change that so that people have more of a say and so that we can continue to make progress on cleaning up our air, cleaning up our water, reducing our addiction to petroleum and addressing global warming.”

Carr is a trained engineer who has made his career as a telecommunications businessman teaching other businesses to use technology to improve their bottom line. It’s his experience in serving two terms on the Kensington Town Council that he feels is most valuable for his campaign, however.

‘‘I’ve had some success in delivering on my promises I made to Kensington in making many improvements in pedestrian and traffic safety,” Carr said. ‘‘I’m going to work hard to ensure that we have a future to give to our children with pride.”

Election 2006
Alfred C. Carr Jr.
Dist. 18, House of Delegates
Experience: Two terms on Kensington Town Council.
Top issues: Promoting balanced transportation policies, protecting the environment, improving energy policies and securing more funding for school construction.
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