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May 6, 2020 · OPINION

Endorsing Kevin Carter’s council re-election bid

Kevin Carter
By Tony Tedeschi

This letter is to endorse Kevin Carter in his re-election campaign for the Warrenton Town Council.

I met Kevin shortly after he arrived as managing director at Airlie around 20 years ago. We bonded initially over discussions about our wives, children and families; he is the consummate family man. I’ve never forgotten how he described the joy and awe he felt holding his first daughter for the first time. It was quite moving.

Over the years, we worked together on countless business and community projects. Kevin quickly emerged as a business leader in Fauquier County and his advice is sought by many. He served, he led, he facilitated — whatever was needed. We would have lengthy discussions about politics which I enjoyed, not because we always agreed (we often don’t), but because his positions were well-founded and our disagreements were never personal. With Kevin, it has been OK to have an opposing view but you’d better back it up.

I’m most grateful for his service on the town council because he has displayed that he is very careful about spending taxpayer money. He studies each issue in detail before making a decision. He weighs each choice and votes based on what he truly believes is in the best long-term interest of Warrenton. He does it without calling attention to himself. He is quite humble and I’m certain that is due to his unwavering faith. 

Kevin knew that Warrenton’s government was broken when he ran in 2016. He knew the problem could only be corrected by hiring strong leadership. Kevin felt that Warrenton's crumbling infrastructure should be of the highest priority and promised to fix that. He knew that customer service in the Community Development Department was abysmal.

Once elected, he went to work on these issues with the rest of his council members. Almost four years later, we have a friendly and efficient Community Development Department that helps businesses. Warrenton’s leadership from our new town manager has been refreshing, and we really like the outreach from our new police chief. Public water, sewer and stormwater management are finally being brought up to standards after more than a decade of neglect. All of this is happening with his very sharp eye on every taxpayer dollar.

Finally, but most important, if you want to know what type of person Kevin Carter really is, you need to meet his family. His wife, Carrie, is an amazing individual in her own right. She’s quite different than Kevin, but they are a dynamic couple who utilize their complementary skills to raise three engaging, successful children now in high school and college. 

We are fortunate to have someone like Kevin willing to serve another four years. His track record tells us it is only going to get better. 
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