- City Council
- District 1 - Temple Carpenter III
District 1 - Temple Carpenter III
Tem Carpenter, District 1Elected: May 2021
Current Term Expires: May 2024
Council Liaison Responsibilities*
- Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee
- Public Transportation Advisory Committee
- Senior Advisory Board
Professional Experience40-year veteran of construction supply business. Managed multiple locations in multiple states during my career. Returned to Longview 2008 and quit traveling. All things housing from the the dirt to moving in. Currently doing commercial sales for McCoy's Building Supply of Longview.
FamilyWife of 40 years - Sandra
Three sons and three grandchildren
How long have you lived in Longview?Family came here in 1931 with oilfield. Born in Montgomery, AL, while dad was stationed in the Air Force. Been here about 57 of my 62 years in District 1.
Community InvolvementEast Texas Builders Association, Boy Scouts of America - Troop 618, Certified Lay Minister - United Methodist Church, Asbury House, East Texas Food Bank
Who is someone you admire?
What are you happiest doing when you aren't working?
Following Alabama football year round. Church projects. Gardening with Sandra. Grandkids' sports.
Why did you initially run for office and what do you hope to accomplish on the City Council?I care deeply for Longview and especially West Side and Pine Tree. I want to see the west side improve and upgrade. I strongly believe our best days are to come. The housing shortage is very high on my list.
What are your hopes and visions for Longview's future?
I believe in Longview. I choose to live here. I am all about our city growing responsibly and within our means. More housing access for all demographics.
Council-Mayor form of Government
The City Council is comprised of a Mayor, who is elected at large, and six Council Members, one elected from each district. Council members do not have day-to-day administrative duties, but rather focus on big picture issues as the elected policymakers for the city. Council members also take feedback from the community, approve the budget and tax rate, adopt ordinances and resolutions, and establish goals and provide direction. The City Council is also responsible to supervise, monitor, and evaluate the performance of the City Manager, City Attorney, City Secretary, and Municipal Judge. Council members are elected to three-year terms with a limit of three full terms.