Carson returns to Bedford City Council | Govt. and politics

After a hiatus as Bedford alderman, Robert Carson, town resident and president of the Bedford NAACP chapter, returned to work for his community in local government.

Carson was appointed to Bedford City Council earlier this month, filling the post left vacant after the resignation of former councilman and vice-mayor Steve Rush. Council member CG Stanley was named deputy mayor at the same meeting at which Carson was sworn in.

While it’s been a while since Carson has served on the board, this isn’t his first experience with the job.

Carson previously served three terms as a Bedford town councilor, including during the town’s reversion of a township which took effect in mid-2013, before deciding not to run again for a period of time. time.

With a full-time job as a supervisor at the Susie G. Gibson Science and Technology Center, in addition to being a “family man” and serving as president of the Bedford chapter of the NAACP, Carson said that he felt he didn’t have the time to devote himself sufficiently to the board position—until he stepped down from Susie G. Gibson last October and Rush’s board seat became vacant.

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“I’m the type of person, I like to be able to give 100% of myself to whatever I do, and when you have a lot on your plate, it’s kind of hard to do that,” a- he declared. .

Now Carson can focus on his role as an advisor. He said he planned to run again in the future, but when Rush’s headquarters opened in late November last year, the opportunity presented itself earlier than expected.

Bart Warner, city manager, said several candidates were in the running for the councilor position along with Carson. After reviewing the applications and interviewing, Carson was chosen by the board to fill the position.

Carson said he was looking forward to returning to service with the city council and helping to carry out some of the big projects in the community, including setting up a train stop in town and completing the project. Old Middle School development, which will bring new apartments and a boutique hotel. to the city when finished.

“Bedford has a lot of good stuff. It’s pointed in the right direction. There are a lot of good things happening and I’m lucky to be able to be part of the decision-making process,” Carson said.

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