Carper eyes council seat


From Mirror staff reports

A staffer in the office of the 80th District of the state House of Representatives is running for City Council.

Joe Carper, 24, who works in constituent relations, is seeking nomination in the Republican primary.

“I hope to bring real fiscally conservative leadership (to council),” Carper stated in an emailed an­nouncement.

His priorities include making Altoona more amenable to business and curbing the addiction crisis, he said.

“When issues arise, some people believe that we can continue to throw money at (them) until (they) go away,” Carper stated. “All that we accomplish with that mindset is higher tax­es.”

Carper, who lives on Third Avenue in Dutch Hill with wife, Shannon, and daughter, Charlotte, attaches more importance to fixing potholes and safer sidewalks than to decorative crosswalks and lighting, he stated.

Encouraging both small and large businesses is critical, according to Carper.

Small ones are the city’s “lifeblood,” he said.

Larger ones can “sustain our community” and help solve “the workforce is­sue,” he said.

Promoting business is the answer to the problem of an aging population and to the challenge of retaining and attracting young professionals, he said.

The addiction problem requires helping law en­forcement control the streets, helping the county jail provide mental health rehabilitation for addicts and helping experts in medicine, law and emergency services generate creative solutions, he said.

“When everyone is on board, we can make real progress,” he said.

Carper is a member of the Blair County Republican Committee executive board and the Blair County Re­pub­licans. He became an Eagle Scout in 2012. He was a regional field director for Scott Wagner’s gubernatorial campaign.