Craig Carozza-Caviness

County Council At Large


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Biography


I was born in Washington, DC on May 22, 1982. After spending some time living in Northwest DC with my parents, I moved to Silver Spring, Maryland where I resided under the care and tutelage of my brilliant, loving, and compassionate grandparents. My grandmother, Shirley Carozza Caviness, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Veteran Affairs, and my grandfather Michael Carozza, former Deputy Commissioner of Social Security, created a positive environment filled with a love of the arts and a healthy respect for bipartisan politics, debate, and thoughtful progressive engagements. I graduated from the Barrie Day School, a Montessori academy in Silver Spring and spent my undergraduate years at Montgomery College, the University of Hartford, and Howard University.

Since the age of 18, I pursued my passion working as a full-time musician and songwriter. Under my stage name “Incwell”, I performed at many venues, from The Fillmore in Silver Spring to Strathmore in Rockville, charming concert-goers with motivational, esoteric, and introspective music. In my free time, I took to schools and group homes in my community to perform and provide mentorship to youth.

My community service work gave me a great and profound sense of gratitude and perspective. I have been fortunate to be put in a position to help those who need it the most. I hope to continue that legacy through policy. My community service and volunteer work includes:

  • For Habitat for Humanity, built homes for low income families
  • Serviced immigrant families at Mary House in DC through providing shelter and other necessities
  • Played sports with autistic kids for KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now)
  • Helped serve the homeless at local soup kitchens
  • While attending the University of Hartford, mentored and performed for local middle school students
  • Taught music/creative writing in DC in an after school program dedicated to providing productive options for underprivileged youth.

I am currently an insurance consultant and Real Estate agent servicing the DMV area. From health insurance to qualified pension plans to property taxes, my applicable wealth of knowledge has helped me serve my community virtuously. My journey has been well-documented by accredited novelist William Bennett who featured me in his novel, “The Book of Man”, an exposé on positive pathways to manhood. I was also featured in the Washington Post the award-winning series, “Being a Black Man.”

Alongside my accomplishments, my crowning achievement is my family. I married my lovely wife, Erika (Quintanilla) in 2014, and we have three children. Erika and I understand the complex problems working families face here in Montgomery County and across the country. My humility, compassion, and thoughtful approach to everything I do fosters a contagious energy when tackling difficult challenges, professionally and personally.


Q&A

Q: Describe yourself on the political spectrum (i.e., fiscal conservative/social liberal, libertarian, social moderate/fiscal liberal).

A: I am definitely a social and fiscal liberal. A registered Democrat that believes in voting the issues not necessarily along party lines.

Q: What is the biggest challenge facing Montgomery County today?

A: The biggest issue facing Montgomery County today is economic development. Without revenue and under debt, we can’t address any of the important issues facing our residents. Great ideas are only as good as your funding. Public safety, education, small businesses, transportation, and affordable housing.

Q: What is the one thing – project or program – that you want to achieve?

A: I would like to vastly improve our school system. Which means better facilities, less crowding, free community college, raises for faculty, universal pre-k.

Q: How will you pay for your project/program?

A: We need to seek alternative funding which is why my top priority is to work alongside our delegates to create a massive infrastructure bill that would allow us to implement some of these innovative ideas.


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