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New Councilman Carson Hired by Cripe

September 17, 2007

Andre Carson, who last month took over the City-County Council seat of Patrice Abdullah, has been hired by Cripe Architects + Engineers Inc. as a marketing specialist.

Carson, 32, is a grandson of U.S. Rep. Julia Carson, D-Indianapolis. He most recently was an investigator for the Indiana State Excise Police.

"We hired him because we needed a marketing specialist, not be because we needed a city councilor," Cripe Senior Vice President Dennis Southerland said. "He's a hard worker, a great young man."

Carson holds a master of science degree in business management from Indiana Wesleyan University, Southerland said.

Abdullah, a Democrat, resigned his seat last month after the blog Advance Indiana reported that he was living at an address outside his district.

Carson is representing the 15th District until Election Day, Nov. 6, and running for the seat.

Much of Cripe's work centers on designing kindergarten-through-12th-grade schools as well as commercial projects by Browning Investments, Lauth Property Group and Duke Realty, and Clarian Health Partners.

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