STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Minority Leader Steven Matteo’s longtime Chief of Staff David Carr is running to claim his boss’s term-limited Mid-Island City Council seat.

Carr, a lifelong Staten Islander of Grasmere, has the full endorsement of Matteo, who will be term-limited out of office come 2021, over two other candidates currently in the running for the 50th Council District seat.

One of those candidates is Sam Pirozzolo, the man behind the infamous 16-foot-tall wooden “T” on his lawn to show support for President Donald Trump, who is running as a Republican, and another is longtime realtor George S. Wonica, who plans to run on both the Conservative and Republican lines.

“The Mid-Island has rightly come to expect the gold standard from its City Council Member,” said Carr, who is running as a Republican.

“For nearly seven years, I have been Chief of Staff to Steven Matteo and have seen firsthand how the job can be done at its best. I have always felt public service was my calling, and I want to use that hands-on experience to give our community the strong, results-driven representation it deserves, building on the great legacy of John Fusco, James Oddo, and Steven Matteo,” Carr continued.

Carr said his top priorities include helping small businesses, cultural institutions and nonprofits recover from the coronavirus pandemic, improving traffic and transportation on the Island and pushing for property tax reform.

He has spent more than a decade in public service. He has served as Matteo’s chief of staff since he took office in 2014, he previously worked as Councilman Joe Borelli’s (R-South Shore) chief of staff when the South Shore councilman was an assemblyman and handled constituent services for former Rep. Michael Grimm.

“David has had crucial on-the-job training for the past six and a half years serving as my Chief of Staff. He understands that the role of a City Council Member is to solve problems through creativity, persistence, and a deep knowledge of how City government works,” said Matteo. “When an issue arises, he won’t have to ponder how to solve the problem; instead he’ll know exactly who to call and how to handle it because he’s done it already many times. Simply put, David is the right person for the job.”

Matteo is the only sitting councilman who has made an endorsement in one of the Island’s competitive City Council races.

There are currently seven candidates in the running for Councilwoman Debi Rose’s City Council seat, who will also be term-limited out of her seat in 2021. Rose has yet to make an endorsement in the race.

Carr said he became interested in politics at a young age. He started stuffing envelopes and delivering campaign materials to voters during Guy Molinari’s final run for borough president. He has been active on campaigns over the years and has served as a former president of the Richmond County Young Republicans and has been a member of Richmond County Republican Party’s Executive Committee since 2012, currently serving as its first vice-chair.

Carr is an alum of the former St. John Villa Academy for elementary and middle school, and graduated from Monsignor Farrell High School. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Georgetown University in 2008.