Tom Perez - Maryland Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation,
and former Montgomery County Councilmember:
I had the privilege of representing District Five on the County Council from
2002 through 2006 ... and as a result, I had the good fortune of working
with Al on a wide range of issues. I was struck by Alís intelligence, passion
for justice, common sense, and ability to bring together diverse coalitions.
Effective leaders are good listeners, and Al is a great listener. He
recognizes the importance of ensuring that every voice is heard and that
everyone has a seat at the table. He is calm under pressure, and he has a
keen understanding of the legislative process. He knows a lot of things
about a lot of subjects; yet, he has a humility that is often sorely lacking in
elected officials, and a willingness and desire to learn from others.
Perhaps most importantly, Al cares deeply about building a community in
which every resident has an opportunity to succeed. I first spoke with Al
about District 18 a couple years ago, and the question I asked Al was the
question I asked anyone seeking office: why do you want to run? His answer
was clear: he wanted to run so that he could make a difference, especially
in the lives of those who all too frequently lack a voice in Annapolis. He
wanted to run so that he could apply the knowledge and experience gained
at the municipal level to the larger stage of Annapolis. Al has a keen
awareness of the wide range of issues confronting every corner of District
18. He will hit the ground running, and he will be a voice for everyone.
Rich Madaleno - State Senator, 18th Legislative District:
I have known Al for six years and have witnessed his hard work as a
member of the Kensington Town Council during that time. I have also
worked with Al on a number of bills before the General Assembly. Working
together with Sharon Grosfeld, Jane Lawton, Ana Sol Gutierrez, Jeff
Waldstreicher, and me over the past two years, Al led the fight to end the
electric companiesí monopoly control over street lighting in our state. While
this issue did not gain flashy headlines, this new law will help local
governments gain control over the cost, quality, and efficiency of street
lights, a surprisingly large public expenditure. Al led a coalition of municipal
and county governments in this fight. He was strong and fair in
negotiations with the utilities. He demonstrated the skills I believe are the
hallmarks of an effective legislator: diligence, attention to detail, patience,
honesty, intelligence, and thoughtfulness.
In the 19 years I have been associated with the General Assembly, I have
gained an understanding of who succeeds in Annapolis and why. In the
House in particular, success as a Delegate is dependent upon oneís hard
work and active participation in committee. Except for a handful of political
fault line issues such as taxes, choice, marriage equality, or immigration,
the overwhelming majority of bills that pass do so without comment or
opposition on the floor. They are refined and amended in committee
deliberations. Successful Delegates commit themselves to their committee
work. Al Carr intuitively knows this as he is already a member of a
legislative body. He understands the legislative process and will be
effective in Annapolis for years to come.
Sylvia Tognetti - Silver Spring Resident, Environmental Activist &
Democratic chair of precinct 13-58:
As a resident of District 18, I am writing to strongly urge you to support of
Al Carr for the open delegate seat. I was among those who campaigned
for him in the last election, in which he received a good portion of the
votes in our district. It was for a good reason. He was then and is now the
only person running who has a record of impressive accomplishments as
an elected official in our area, and is not afraid to take a stand on difficult
issues. He has been a particularly strong advocate on issues related to
growth, public transportation and the environment that are important to all
James Browning - Former Executive Director of Common Cause
and candidate for Delegate in District 18 from Silver Spring in 2006:
I write to express my support for Al Carr as Dist. 18's next Delegate. I had
the privilege to run against Al for one of Dist. 18's House seats in 2006
and came away with enormous respect for his intelligence, dedication,
and ability to be an effective advocate for all parts of the district.
In particular, I believe Al is the right person to help the District and
Montgomery County as a whole with two of its biggest
challenges--controlling development and improving public transportation.
Al understands how the big picture fits with the minutiae when it comes to
offering better transportation solutions. I believe he will also do a great job
of recruiting legislators from other parts of the state to support
progressive solutions which, due to party and geographic stereotypes in
Annapolis, may not seem to be in their best interests, at first. Al is the
messenger who will make sure that Dist. 18's message will be heard in
Martha Jones - Chevy Chase resident and community activist:
Al's experience is relevant to what is needed by those who are leaders in
Annapolis. He has a quiet and effective way of working with people to
bring them together to accomplish their goals. As a municipal official, in a
district which has so many municipalities, he has experience with working
with a constituency, a wide variety of agencies and governments, the
Maryland Municipal League and the General Assembly. In addition to his
government background, he has served in the precinct organization for
the Democrats in District 18.
With a thorough working knowledge in the telecommunications field, Al
has the tools to achieve success in his areas of interest more efficiently
and effectively. Many of those interests parallel Jane's in promoting the
environment, helping the Chesapeake Bay, helping communities become
more "Green" and working on ways to reduce domestic violence and
assist victims of domestic violence.
Mier Wolf - Former Mayor and Councilmember, Town of Chevy Chase:
I wanted you to know how much I respect Al Carr and believe he should go
to Annapolis in the House of Delegates on behalf of District 18. Al's
government experience includes serving on the Kensington Council which
has given him the opportunity to learn how municipalities are best governed
and how those methods might be extended to other county jurisdictions Al
is an environmental advocate who convinced municipalities like ours to
look for more efficient energy sources for our public lighting which we have
done. Secondly, he is a consistent proponent of nurturing the Capital
Crescent Trail. Furthermore, Al has the intellectual firepower to take on any
other issue he chooses to pursue or to which he is a assigned to study.
Finally, Al is a gentleman who listens to the points of view of others in
formulating his positions on issues. His constituents would feel well listened
to if Al were representing them in Annapolis.
Mark Rubin - Chevy Chase Resident & Technology Executive:
I have known Al Carr for fifteen years. I also served as his Treasurer in
the last State Delegate election campaign. Al is a devoted public official
with the rare ability to get things done in a quiet yet effective way. He
takes the time to understand complex issues and pays attention to the
thoughts and concerns of his constituents.
Dustin Finney - Member of Town of Kensington Traffic Committee:
Al Carr is a standout. By virtue of his personality,
experience, commitment and achievements, he is, I believe, on a trajectory
for unusual service and rare accomplishment.
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meetings, Al could be observed always looking out for everyone, asking
questions such as: how can we help the disabled? What can we do for
senior citizens? Someone has special needs? OK, what works for
them? No one had to tell Al to do this, itís in his DNA.
Al has been a driving force behind major accomplishments in the state
legislature: improved and more finely-tuned authority for municipal land
use; conservation including significant dollar savings in utility street
lighting; and, at the county level, closing a commercial tax loophole that
saved a huge sum of taxpayer funds. Like Paul Sarbanesí legislation on
accounting standards in the US Senate, many of Alís accomplishments are
on the issues that no one wants to work on, but everyone is proud of (and
wants to take credit for!) when the results are in.
Carolyn Shawaker - Former Mayor of Garrett Park:
These past two legislative sessions I had the pleasure of working with Al
Carr on several bills which were introduced in the Maryland General
Assembly. I was impressed with Al's thorough preparation for both testifying
and lobbying on the bills and how effectively he worked to gain support of
the bills from other jurisdictions around the state. He understands the
legislative process, prepares himself to be effective and gets things done.
Al has a passionate interest in supporting and improving his community. He
understands the immense value of education and its importance to the
development of every student as well as the contribution that education
makes to the strength of the community and the nation. He is a strongly
committed public servant. I am pleased to see that young leaders like Al are
coming forth to serve their community and state.
Diane Cameron and Joseph Horgan - Kensington Environmental and
We have worked with Al on local initiatives on environmental, community and
historic preservation. Al's focus on mass transit is another
priority that we care about, that needs much greater attention and funding at
the State level, and we believe that Al will push for full funding for MARC
and other transit programs.
Al is a listener who works collaboratively with a wide variety of people
(including business leaders as well as community activists),
while maintaining a principled commitment to progressive change. We know
that we and our neighbors, and diverse community
leaders can work with Al to creatively solve local, regional, and state
problems. Please vote for Al Carr to be our District 18 Delegate.
Tara Flynn - Garrett Park resident, Attorney and Special Needs
I have known Al Carr for over 22 years, more than half my life. In all the time
I have known Al, he has proven himself to be a man of character, conviction,
integrity, action, and ability. I met Al on my first day of college at the
University of Rochester and he has been a wonderfully supportive and
amazing friend to me ever since.
I feel fortunate that our lives have continued to intersect throughout the
years. Al is a devoted husband, father, son, and friend. He is also an
effective community leader. Al has a steady, calm demeanor and he is
thorough and exacting in his analysis. He is committed to making life better
for his constituents. Al has a proved track record as an elected official and
will represent the interests of Montgomery County well in the House of
Bette Petrides - Bethesda resident, Teacher and former County
When I served with Al on the Montgomery County Planning Board's Historic
Preservation section's Infill/Mansionization Task Force in 2006, I found his
approach to managing growth sensible and practical. I was particularly
impressed with his accomplishment in working to secure more reliable and
affordable energy from PEPCO and his efforts to improve public transit. As a
member of the Montgomery County Council's task force for an urban tree
ordinance, I admire his stand on the environment, and as a teacher, respect
his views on education and inclusion. He believes in making Maryland both
livable and viable economically and isn't afraid to fight to assure that that
goal is achieved for all her citizens. I strongly urge you to select Al Carr to
represent District 18. No one will serve the district and our state better.
Jennifer Burton - Chevy Chase resident, mother and former
Democratic Precinct chair:
Al has shown leadership on many issues critical to Maryland families and he
would be an asset for our community in the legislature.
As the Mom of two young daughters in the Montgomery County school
system, I believe we need more parents like Al serving in the legislature --
who are familiar with what is occurring in our school system and who can be
advocates for the welfare of our children.
Charlotte Jones Carroll - Treasurer, Friends for Lane Lawton:
His local government experience is important, but additionally, I find him to
be dedicated, human and down to earth. I spoke with him on several
occasions during the 2006 campaign, including while finding him standing
across from me at one of the main election sites, greeting voters and
answering questions for quite a while on election day.
I would also add that, while Jane was publicly neutral on the other D-18
delegate candidates outside of the incumbents during the last election, I
once asked her who she thought I should support aside from her and Ana.
She confided privately without hesitation that Al Carr in her view would bring
the most qualities to the team and would be most likely to work smoothly
within the team. She had worked with him when each was in local
government in his/her towns. Her endorsement meant a lot to me.
Tracy Jacobs - Silver Spring Resident and Democratic Activist
I am supporting Al Carr, as I feel he has a great knowledge and
understanding of the issues in our District and would best represent its
constituents. I believe that Al has the experience, education and skills
needed to serve effectively.
Dee Schofield - Silver Spring Resident and Democratic Activist:
My experience with the voters of District 18 is long and deep: I've lived here
30 years, and I've been a District 18 precinct coordinator, chair, or vice chair
for 20 of those years.
On the basis of that experience, I can state that District 18 voters have a
genuine appreciation for the qualities that Al possesses - sound judgment,
perseverance, patience, coalition building, careful listening, and substantive
accomplishment in public office. Given his record of public service in D18
and his work with the Democratic Party in D18, it's hardly surprising that
folks who live here support him.
Sean McMullen - Attorney and Kensington Councilman:
Al consistently displays his open-mindedness, conscientiousness, and good
judgment at every turn. He listens attentively to the concerns of his
constituents. His breadth of knowledge on relevant issues is surpassed only
by his determination to find the answers when questions are posed to him
that he does not know. More than being a dedicated public servant (which
he is), Al Carr is simply one of the most decent, hard-working and honest
people you will ever meet. I would whole-heartedly trust his judgment as my
representative in Annapolis.
Cary Lamari - Community Activist and former County Council At-Large Candidate:
Of all the Delegates in Annapolis, I am very impressed with Al Carr. Montgomery County is in a Fiscal and Structural crisis, we need dynamic leadership both in Annapolis and in our County Government. I believe Al to be above the temptation of special interest politics. Thank You Al for your contributions in bringing good government to Montgomery County.