71 US Highway 90 West
Post Office Box 685
Ph: (850) 635-5313
Fx: (850) 892-8506
With my Dad, Mayor Harold Carpenter, retiring after many years of service to the City of DeFuniak Springs as a Councilman and as Mayor, and looking back on the many years my Granddad Clarence Carpenter served as City Councilman, I feel it's my turn to give something back to the City I grew up in. I am married (30 years+)to the former Betty Robinson of Pensacola, and have one daughter Tara Carpenter and one son Mac Carpenter II. I was born in the former Lakeside Hospital on Circle Drive. I grew up here, played Little League, attended elementary school, junior high and graduated from Walton Senior High. I was elected President of the Student Council with my running mate, now Dr. Sherrill Wilkerson, as Vice President. I attended Pensacola Jr. College on a Track Scholarship, and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Political Science.
For the past 6 years, I have served as a Planner, Senior Planner and presently Planning Manager for Walton County. I am responsible for Comprehensive Planning, Current Planning and Development Review in Walton County outside of the cities of DeFuniak Springs, Freeport and Paxton. However, I started my planning career out of college, with the City of DeFuniak Springs. As a grant writer and later Director of Planning and Community Development, I worked with the City Council to make a difference in our town. We developed the industrial park now known as the Robert Kilby Industrial Park at the intersection of US 331 and Interstate 10. The Chautauqua Winery and Professional Products were our first tenants. We also brought the concrete block plant to the industrial site at the airport. We saved jobs that were leaving town and brought in new jobs. All three industries are still here 30 years later and are still producing good jobs for our community. I want to help do that again.
The first restoration of the Chautauqua building, expansion of the airport and several successful community development block grant projects were also accomplished during my first tenure with the City. I also served as Interim City Administrator for a time during that service.
Hired away by a large real estate developer, I gained valuable experience as an operator/manager of large investment real estate portfolios, including the development, construction and management of market rate and affordable housing apartment properties throughout the eastern United States from St. Louis, Missouri to St. Croix, USVI. I've been a Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker since 1986. I was the Chief Operating Officer of two large real estate corporations for 18 years and the CEO of my own firm for 10 years. I gained a reputation as a successful troubled property turnaround specialist. As a government contractor, I've successfully operated real estate developments in some of the toughest neighborhoods in the United States.
I have moved back to Walton County and specifically to DeFuniak Springs, to hopefully give my children the opportunity to experience some of the intrinsic values of growing up in a small town where everyone knows everyone, where crime is low, where people care and watch out for each other.
I want to bring the values my family and this community helped me grow up with, the skills I’ve learned through formal training, operating large businesses, owning my own small business, and the experience I've gained through the many facets of my career, to bring people together and to help make better City Council decisions for the benefit of all Citizens of DeFuniak Springs. I do not seek the office of City Council for personal gain, business contacts, re-election, or any reward other than to know that I helped make the City of DeFuniak Springs a better place during my term. I promise to operate in a positive, open and inclusive manner, respecting other members of the Council and their views while retaining the right to respectfully disagree when in the best interest of the City and its people.