Lawyer Jared Carter will make a bid to represent the Old North End on the Burlington City Council.
Carter will seek both the Progressive and the Democratic nominations in his run for the Central District seat, he said in his campaign announcement Thursday. He's contending for one of four council seats up for grabs on Town Meeting Day in March.
Carter has been active on political issues in Burlington. He has been vocal in his opposition to the CityPlace Burlington redevelopment.He has represented several homeless people in court cases challenging the city's eviction policies and its no-trespass ordinance on Church Street.
As councilor, Carter said, he would seek to protect city interests when dealing with developers and to keep city assets, such as Burlington Telecom and the Church Street Marketplace, publicly owned. Carter is one of the intervenors challenging the Burlington Telecom sale before the Public Utility Commission.
"There are so many critical issues facing the city; this is the time for engagement," he told Seven Days.
Carter vowed to draw attention to the small, local businesses in the Old North End. "I think we need to highlight that vibrancy," he said. Grassroots work to promote economic growth would help reinvigorate the city, he said.