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University Park Councilman Len Carey Runs for Second Term

A first in a series about candidates in University Park's election.

Since 2004, Lenford C. Carey has lived in University Park and after two years of serving on the town's council, Carey wants to serve two more.

Carey, 62, lives at 4308 Van Buren in Ward 4, and is the chair of the Council Committee on Public Facilities and Services, and also serve on the STEP-UP Advisory Committee.

He grew up in Gilbertsville, in rural New York and earned his bachelor's degree in Forest Resource Managment from SUNY. He completed some graduate work there before he served in the military. He moved to Maryland in 1972, where he continues to take undergraduate and graduate classes at University of Maryland.

Patch asked Carey questions about his upcoming term in office.

Riverdale Park-University Park Patch: How can residents benefit from your representation on council?

Len Carey: Residents can benefit from my representation by letting me know their thoughts, both about what they want to happen in University Park, and about issues or concerns coming before the council.  Read the newsletter, and minutes of council meetings to be informed. 

The best way to reach me is via e-mail (lencarey@verizon.net)  or my cell phone (301 529-1260)

Patch: What are your goals for your time on council?

LC: To work with the mayor and other members of the council to represent the best interests of Ward 4 and the residents of University Park.

Patch: What do you hope to change?

LC: I would like to develop long-term planning for use and maintenance of the parklands within the Town, and of Wells Run which flows through the Town and parkland.

I think the Town does an excellent job of capital expenditure budgeting for paving streets, sidewalls, and curbs.  I would like to see us extend this to also embrace maintenance and replacement of infrastructure along the stream and within the park, including bridges, tennis courts, stream stabilization.

Patch: What are some issues that concern you? How will you address them?

LC: I continue to support the Small Town Energy Program for University Park (STEP-UP), and look forward to helping that program achieve its full potential.

I would like to see the town do a better job of addressing the long-term use and maintenance of our stream and parklands at its center.

I will address these issues by working well with the mayor and council to keep residents involved in moving these programs along.

Patch: Why do you love living in University Park?

LC: We have a great sense of community, and a willingness to work with our neighbors to make good things happen.

Contact Carey by email at Ward4@upmd.org or at lencarey@verizon.net. You can also call him at his home at 301 864-1383 or on his cell at 301 529-1260.

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