“I believe we are in need of a new vision, created out of the traditional values our city holds dear,” McCarver said. “We need a long range plan for retail business, industrial, educational and cultural development that will lead us into a bright future. We need leadership that will work to unify diverse groups within our city, and work toward a better environment of progress.”
McCarver has lived in Jasper for 13 years, since marrying his wife, Dana, a Jasper native. The couple have two daughters — Jordanna and Katie.
McCarver, an employee at First Bank of Jasper, said helping grow the city into a place where today’s youth can return after their college years is a priority for him.
“We need to grow a community where our children can return to for prosperity and a high quality of life in their hometown,” he said.
A member of Jasper First Church of the Nazarene, McCarver said his faith plays into any decision he makes. At the church, he serves as a Sunday school teacher, a board member, a member of the finance and stewardship committees and coaches an Upward football team.
“I feel God has led me to this decision,” McCarver said. “He has blessed me with certain abilities that I feel will make me a successful city council members, and I want to use those abilities for him.”
McCarver has a political science degree from Athens State University. Before his career at First Bank, McCarver worked in the U.S. Congressional Office as a district aide, with his focus being community development for Alabama’s 5th District. He has worked as an aide and staff member in the Alabama State Senate. McCarver also operated and managed a multi-million dollar retail business in Cullman and Jasper for nine years.
“I understand and have a background in public administration as well as private enterprise and business management,” he said. “I have experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, and bringing those diversities together for the common good of the community. I have seen successful cities around us plan, perform and progress over the last 15 years and was a part of that growth. I believe I can be part of moving our city forward in the coming years.”
Municipal elections in Alabama will be held on Aug. 28.