Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tom Perez for Al Carr

Tom Perez is the Maryland Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and a former member of the Montgomery County Council

Dear Members of the Central Committee:

I am writing to express my strong support for Al Carr for the vacancy in District 18. I had the privilege of representing District Five on the County Council from 2002 through 2006. This district includes Kensington, and as a result, I had the good fortune of working with Al on a wide range of issues. I was struck by Al’s 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.

In short, Al has all the qualities that make for an excellent delegate. Once again, District 18 is blessed with a bumper crop of excellent candidates. For me, Al Carr rises to the top, and I urge you to support him.

Tom Perez