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Contact: Joe Carr (615)519-3184

Carr to run for State Representative
(MURFREESBORO, Tenn.-Friday, February 15, 2008) – Small businessman and entrepreneur Joe Carr, announced today that he has filed his petition with the Rutherford County Election Commission to seek the office of State Representative in the 48th District. “After Rep. Hood announced that he would not seek reelection, I received countless phone calls of support and encouragement from Democrats and Republicans alike to seek this office. Since the last election, I have continued to attend community events and meet with numerous citizens from all across the district,” Carr said. “In talking with citizens of the 48th District, their message has been clear. They want a conservative businessman who will use his real world experiences to make common sense decisions for the people of Tennessee. They want a leader who not only notices the problems facing our district, but one who will actively work towards solutions to those problems. We all know that illegal immigration is a big issue in Tennessee. The truth is that there are some common sense measures that we can adopt today to deal with it. We also know that education is a very important issue in Tennessee. Again, there are some common sense measures that we can adopt today that can improve the way we educate our children in Tennessee. Another important issue that hits home with many families in the 48th district is the family budget. In this day and time, every dollar is a stretch and citizens want to know that they have an elected representative who will fight against any and all tax increases, so that we, the taxpayers, can keep more of our hard earned money.” “Joe Carr represents the kind of leader we need in the State House,” said Jerry Robinson, owner of Slick Pig BBQ on Main St. “Joe will work to fix the problem of illegal immigration by proposing common sense measures that will drive illegals out of Tennessee.”

“We need someone who will give teachers and students the resources they need,” said Michele Good, a teacher at Siegel Elementary School. “Joe will work with local elected and professional leaders to address the needs of education in Tennessee.” “We need a businessman in state government who has the real world experience of meeting a budget,” said Fred Howell, Market President of US Bank in Murfreesboro. “Joe understands that low taxes and less government mean more, higher-paying jobs in Tennessee.” “In the coming months, I look forward to listening to the citizens of the 48th District and sharing my ideas for meeting the challenges ahead,” Carr said. “I will work tirelessly to earn their trust and respect.” Carr, a native of Rutherford County, is the owner and operator of Virtual Edge, LLC an energy conservation consulting company based in Murfreesboro. He has been involved in numerous civic and community activities. He currently serves as a board member of Home Education Association of Rutherford Tennessee. Carr received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Graduate Degree work from MTSU in 1981. Joe and his wife Ginny are active members of World Outreach Church and have three children, Erin, Maddie, and Joe Jr.