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Morgan Hill City CouncilCandidate for Council Member, Council District A

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Larry Carr

Councilmember/Corporate Director
1,721 votes (34.51%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Growth Control - I am a strong proponent of limiting the amount of residential growth in Morgan Hill and creating community standards for industrial development. Development needs to be sustainable for our infrastructure and for our quality of life.
  • Sustainable budget. COVID-19 has caused great harm to our local economy and to the City's budget. Balance the budget by focusing on core essential services. Help local businesses survive and build back our local economy.
  • Public Safety. Fund the training our officers need to deal with the complexities of their job. Develop a Community Resources Team to combine mental health, housing & other services for people in crisis.



Profession:Councilmember/Corporate Director
Corporate Director, State & Local Government Relations, Albertsons Companies. Inc. (2017–current)
Council Member, City of Morgan Hill — Elected position (2000–current)
Executive Vice President, Joint Venture Silicon Valley (2014–2017)
Associate Vice President for Public Affairs, San Jose State University (2008–2014)
Trustee, Morgan Hill Unified School District Board of Education — Elected position (1996–2000)
Parks and Recreation Commissioner, City of Morgan Hill — Appointed position (1986–1987)


San Jose State University Bachelor of Arts, Public Relations & Political Science (1992)
San Jose State University Bachelor of Arts, Public Relations and Political Science (1992)


Larry Carr was first elected to the Morgan Hill City Council in November of 2000. Larry is a Morgan Hill native, whose family moved to Morgan Hill in 1972. He attended Morgan Hill public schools from kindergarten at P.A. Walsh to graduation from Live Oak High School in 1987.


A veteran elected official and public affairs executive, Larry has served in government, business and academia.  Larry is a public relations and political science graduate of San Jose State University.  He has worked in the congressional offices of Representatives Norm Mineta and Anna Eshoo and later headed education and workforce preparedness for the Silicon Valley leadership Group, was director of government and community relations for Stanford Hospital and Clinics and served as associate vice president of public affairs at San Jose State University, where he is a distinguished alumnus.  Later, Larry joined Joint Venture Silicon Valley as Executive Vice President.  Currently, Larry serves as the Corporate Director of State & Local Government Relations for the Albertsons Companies, Inc.

Larry served four years (1996-2000) on the Morgan Hill Unified School District Board of Trustees. While President of the Board for two years, he oversaw implementation of class-size reductions, strategies to relieve the district of severe over-crowding that resulted in the construction of a new elementary school, and renovations of Live Oak and the construction of Morgan Hill’s second comprehensive high school - Sobrato High School. 

Larry has two children, Patrick & Katie.  He is active in a variety of community and volunteer organizations and was named by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2004 as one of “40 Under 40” people to watch for contributions to the community.


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Morgan Hill Community Service Officers' Association
  • Morgan Hill Firefighters, Cal Fire Local 2881
  • Morgan Hill Ploice Officers' Association

Organizations (2)

  • Santa Clara County Association of Realtors

Elected Officials (6)

  • State Senator Bill Monning
  • Assemblymember Robert Rivas
  • Supervisor Mike Wasserman
  • Councilmember John McKay
  • School Board Trustee Mary Patterson
  • School Board Trustee Adam Escoto

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am proud to serve as your councilmember. I am running for re-election with a clear, positive vision and plan to make Morgan Hill even better.  


As Morgan Hill’s most experienced councilmember I have provided leadership in making Morgan Hill one of the most desirable communities in California.  We’ve made our community a place where safety and life-quality are priorities, a place where families and businesses are growing and flourishing.


Morgan Hill has come a long way, but today faces many significant issues, some new and some recurring.   With my experience and proven leadership, we will positively resolve them.


As your councilmember I will always put our quality of life, including your safety, first. 

·         I will continue to support managed and controlled growth – working with Sacramento to gain back local authority in housing and holding developers accountable for the impacts that growth brings to our community

·         I passionately support open space and the preservation of agricultural resources. We must require development to include and protect open space

·         We will continue to be fiscally sound and responsible by using our sustainable budget policies to guide our budget; and we need to create a locally controlled revenue source, approved by voters and overseen by a citizen’s committee.

·         To maintain and enhance city services, we will continue implementation of our economic development blueprint, helping existing businesses to thrive while attracting the right kinds of new businesses to Morgan Hill.

·         I have and always will put public safety first and am proud to have the support of both our Police and Firefighters.  I fully support our first responders, finding innovative ways to respond to people in need or crisis with mental health, housing, and other social services.  We will strengthen our partnership with the Morgan Hill schools to provide School Resource Officers who are role-models and mentors for young people while keeping our schools and kids safe.


Please support my campaign with our vote. Though we may not agree on every issue, you can always be confident of my knowledge of the issues, my ability to positively address them, and how much I care about Morgan Hill.


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Larry Carr for City Council


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