Richard Carroll (politician)

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Richard Carroll
Richard Carroll 2010.jpg
Carroll in 2010.
Born (1956-12-17) December 17, 1956 (age 62)
OccupationPolitician
Political partyGreen (2008)
Democratic (2009 to present)

Richard Carroll (born December 17, 1956 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is an American boilermaker and politician.[1] He ran for District 39 of the Arkansas House of Representatives on the U.S. Green Party ticket on November 4, 2008 during the House elections to succeed Sharon Dobbins, and succeeded in the first Arkansas Green Party electoral victory on the state level.[2]

Upon taking office, Carroll became the highest-ranking current office holder of the Green Party of the United States, and the third in the party's history to be elected to a state-level political position; the first was Audie Bock, who won election to the California State Assembly in a Special Election on March 31, 1999 for the Green Party of California (but switched to independent a few months later and was defeated seeking re-election in 2000). The second was John Eder, who served as a member of the Maine House of Representatives for the Maine Green Independent Party from 2003 to 2007.

On April 29, 2009 Carroll announced that he would leave the Green Party and become a Democrat.[3]

Previous to the 2008 election, Carroll worked as a boilermaker for 30 years, and has been a longtime member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers.[4]

Carroll lost in the May 2010 Democratic primary for re-election to former State Senator Tracy Steele by a vote of 80.3% for Steele and 19.7% for Carroll.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rep. Richard Carroll (GRE-AR 39th District) Congress.org
  2. ^ http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=140
  3. ^ "Nation's highest-ranking Green switching parties", San Francisco Chronicle, April 29, 2009
  4. ^ Mr. Carroll goes to Little Rock Arkansas Times, January 29, 2009
  5. ^ Former Arkansas Green Legislator Loses Democratic Primary Ballot Access News, May 18, 2010

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