2017 City Council election
Carpenter announced her intention to run as an independent for Charlottesville City Council in the 2017 election. Carpenter is one of four candidates running as independents, along with Dale Woodson, Nikuyah Walker and Paul Long.  Two of the five City Council seats will be open, currently held by Kristin Szakos and Bob Fenwick. 
Carpenter has experience working with activist groups, including Virginia Organizing, the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, Equity and Progress in Charlottesville and The Haven. She currently works as a coordinated assessor for The Haven . Her experience with people experiencing homelessness in Charlottesville is driving her campaign platform, which focuses on advocating for the homeless and others facing poverty . If elected, Carpenter promises to support affordable housing, encourage community engagement and improve government transparency.   
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- Web. Carpenter launches independent bid for City Council to be a conduit for concerns, Lauren Berg, The Daily Progress, April 1, 2017, retrieved April 2, 2017.
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- Web. Carpenter becomes latest independent to launch Council bid, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 3, 2017, retrieved April 7, 2017.