His hat’s in the Ring: Chad Carr Files for Mayor of Gettysburg


Courtesy: Chad Carr

Shane Coolbaugh, Staff Writer

Chad Carr, a Democrat and Founding Executive and Artistic Director of the Gettysburg Community Theatre, announced he is running for Mayor of Gettysburg Borough.

Incumbent Mayor Theodore Streeter will not be seeking re-election.

If elected, Carr would focus on obtaining funding for the Police Department. These funds would then be used to help provide the additional training he believes is necessary to better serve the evolving community. Carr said, “I hope to improve communication and accountability between Council and the Police Department, as well as the accountability that we all owe to the community”.

Carr wants to help educate the community about how their local government can work for them, and how they can get more involved in the decision-making process. Carr pointed out that many residents are unaware that their borough council meetings are open to the public, or what the process is to get their concerns on the agenda. He hopes to change this through his campaign.

Last year, Carr worked with the Pennsylvania Youth Congress to introduce the idea of the Non-Discrimination Ordinance in Gettysburg Borough. The ordinance was unanimously passed by the Gettysburg Borough Council on Dec. 14. Carr said, “This was so important to me… because everyone who lives, works, and visits Gettysburg should feel welcome and not discriminated against.”

Carr fell in love with Central Pennsylvania over two decades ago while he was visiting with a national touring group that performed in the area. In 2009, when the opportunity to establish the non-profit Gettysburg Community Theatre arose— a life-long dream of Carr’s — he jumped at the opportunity. The theatre currently offers educational programs and volunteer opportunities to the public.

Carr is a co-founder of the event Gettysburg Pride, which was established in 2017. Carr continues to chair the event annually — sharing that in 2019 the event brought over 400 people together for a peaceful march on Lincoln Square. Carr has also volunteered for the Adams County Arts Council, Lincoln Elementary, YWCA, Gettysburg Festival, Main Street Gettysburg, and Music Gettysburg.

The Mayor of the Gettysburg Borough is elected to a four-year term and is paid a fixed annual salary of $5,000.  The Pennsylvania primary election is scheduled for May 18, 2021. Pennsylvania is a closed primary state, meaning that you must be registered with a political party to participate. The last day to register to vote is on May 3, 2021.