The 70-year-old wasn't banking on a fifth attempt at state office, but Carlevale decided he had to run after learning that neither of the other candidates support the state's voter ID law or holding a
"Those two issues really got me upset," said Carlevale, who is running as a Republican. "The people have a right to have a say. That's why the law allows a
As for the state's controversial voter ID law adopted in 2011, Carlevale said he supports the regulation requiring voters to present a photo ID to vote. Without it, he said, there is no assurance that voter fraud won't occur.
His Democratic opposition includes
He said he is uniquely suited for the role of secretary of state because of his long history as an educator and a social worker. He started out his career as a social caseworker and then taught as an assistant professor of human services at the
"I know how to educate and motivate and get things done," Carlevale said. "I've been a professional educator all my life."
The secretary of state's duties include voter registration, ballot preparation, historic document preservation and lobbyist registration. He pointed to updates to the voter handbook, restoration of a civics curriculum in schools, and establishing an archives museum for the state among his goals if elected.
Carlevale said he believes informed citizen involvement is essential. That thought drives his passion behind his public access television show "State of the State," which focuses on politics and current events. As producer, he books the guests and chooses the topics but typically leaves the interviewing to others.
He said he doesn't think the show presents any conflicts with his running for office and will continue as its producer. He has never appeared as a guest on his show, but said he hasn't yet decided how he will handle that possibility this year.
Topics tackled on his program include the state's use of straight-party voting, also known as the master lever. A law recently signed by
An early version of the bill would have abolished the use of the master lever immediately, but the version that was approved doesn't call for its elimination until
"It smacks of political opportunism for people in power," Carlevale said when asked about the delay. "If I were in office now I would put the master lever option in a conspicuous location on some corner of the ballot. Too many people vote because of a party or name recognition or because there is an asterisk next to someone's name."
Carlevale said he hopes to raise around
Occupation: Producer of "State of the State," public access television show focusing on state politics. Former social worker and assistant professor at
Previous political office: Unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1998, state
Education: Bachelor's and master's degrees from
Family: Single; two children, four grandchildren.
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