Carter an­nounces can­di­dacy for city coun­cil

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­news.com

Mau­rice Carter has an­nounced that he will seek elec­tion to the East Ward Post 1 City Coun­cil seat, run­ning against in­cum­bent Coun­cil­man Chris Smith, who is seek­ing re-elec­tion.

Carter an­nounced his can­di­dacy for Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil Thurs­day in a news re­lease that stated that he would qual­ify on Aug. 26 to run.

He said he has crit­i­cized his East Ward rep­re­sen­ta­tives lately for a lack of vi­sion and thoughtful lead­er­ship, but has now de­cided to seek elec­tion.

“As a cit­i­zen, I have that right to speak out when re­sults are not meet­ing ex­pec­ta­tions. But, I also have an obli­ga­tion to ac­cept the re­spon­si­bil­ity of stew­ard­ship my­self,” he said in the re­lease. “That’s why I am step­ping for­ward to serve.”

Carter, 53, has worked as a busi­ness and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy con­sul­tant in the bank­ing and com­put­ing fields for 31 years. For the last 17 years, he has been em­ployed with IBM.

The DeKalb County na­tive grad­u­ated from Peachtree High School in 1977 and re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in jour­nal­ism from Ge­or­gia State Univer­sity in 1981.

Carter, whose wife Kim pre­vi­ously served as Cov­ing­ton’s mayor from 2008-2011, said he is an ac­tive vol­un­teer in New­ton County.

He cur­rently serves on the New­ton Trails board and pre­vi­ously served as the boards’ Chair­man. He also serves as a board mem­ber for Smart Growth New­ton County and the Tourism Com­mit­tee of the Cov­ing­ton-New­ton

County Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Carter said he also has served as a board mem­ber for the Wash­ing­ton Street Com­mu­nity Cen­ter for four years and is past pres­i­dent of the Cov­ing­ton Cony­ers Cycling Club.

Carter said he feels too lit­tle is be­ing done by cur­rent coun­cil mem­bers to grow the city’s eco­nomic base, to im­prove qual­ity-of- life op­por­tu­ni­ties for res­i­dents and to en­sure a sus­tain­able fu­ture.

“Re­ac­tive de­ci­sions and in­con­sis­tent ac­tions with­out a clear plan are un­der­min­ing progress and caus­ing un­cer­tainty about our fu­ture,” he said. “We de­serve bet­ter, and th­ese times de­mand more.”

He pointed to the re­cent sign or­di­nance changes that he called “ill-con­ceived,” and the “poorly man­aged” process to re­place re­tir­ing City Man­ager Steve Hor­ton as ex­am­ples.

Carter said his plat­form is to “get back to the basics of re­spon­si­ble lead­er­ship.”

If elected, Carter said he would ac­tively lis­ten to all view­points and make in­formed choices by seek­ing in­for­ma­tion and build­ing pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ships as a coun­cil mem­ber.

“Good de­ci­sions flow from un­der­stand­ing our shared com­mu­nity vi­sion, hav­ing clear strate­gies for achiev­ing that vi­sion, and mak­ing timely, thoughtful choices with clear in­tent,” he said.

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