Carlos Harvin for Mayor President - Lafayette
One Parish. One People. One Purpose.
Carlos Harvin, Candidate for Mayor-President

 

BIO FOR CARLOS HARVIN
Democratic Candidate for City-Parish Mayor-President
Lafayette, Louisiana

Carlos Harvin is the only Democratic Candidate for Mayor/President in Lafayette’s 2019 Primary Election. Back in April, after learning that Mayor/President Joel Robideaux would not be seeking re-election, he heard God say to him: “You Run!” Carlos put that call on hold and didn’t get in the race until he received a call from a trusted friend 4 months later. At that moment, he says, the call to run for Mayor/President became like a fire “shut up in my bones!!!”

Carlos Harvin currently serves as Bishop and Pastor of New Beginnings Christian Church in north Lafayette. He is also building his own business as a licensed agent with Primerica Financial Services. His business is helping families earn more income, become properly protected, debt free and financially independent.

In 1977, after hearing a call to the priesthood, Mr. Harvin enrolled into St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami, Florida. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and went on to study for his Master of Divinity Degree at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Mr. Harvin left the seminary before completing his studies. Even though he wanted to be a priest, he also wanted to be married.  He was later ordained a deacon, priest and bishop with Imani Temple – African-American Catholic Congregation.

He moved to Lafayette in 1993 to Pastor Imani Temple #49. The church grew from 30 people to over 300 members in about 4 months! His church denomination nicknamed him “The Builder” because of his ability to build congregations, purchase property and negotiate leases and refinance agreements. During the 1990’s Bishop Harvin worked with former Mayor/President Walter Comeaux and Mayor Kenny Bowen. He partnered with City/Parish leaders and members of the Southern Consumers Cooperative as a member of the Rebuild Lafayette North Initiative. This Initiative produced the report entitled: “From Poverty To Prosperity.”

Bishop Harvin returned to Washington, DC in 1998 and stayed there for 10 years. While in DC he pastored Imani Temple on Capitol Hill, the Mother Church for the African-American Catholic Congregation. He worked with the late D.C. Mayor Marion Barry and former Mayor Anthony Williams to improve the quality of life for residents in the District of Columbia. Bishop Harvin served as a member of Mayor Anthony Williams’ Interfaith Advisory Board. He was also chosen to be a finalist in the pool of ministers who were interviewing for a positon in the Mayor’s Cabinet. The position he interviewed for was Senior Advisor to the Mayor for Religious Affairs.  Bishop Harvin was a member of the Clergy-Police-Community-Partnership and worked to reduce gun violence among youth in the nation’s capitol. A group of clergy in DC voted unanimously for Harvin to serve as Chairman for the DC Department of Human Services Faith-Based and Community Partnership.

In May of 2000, Bishop Harvin joined Rev. Jesse Jackson, and clergy from around the country, for the first ever “Ministers on Wall Street” Conference. This event took place at the New York Stock Exchange. It introduced faith leaders to the stock market and explored its ability to build wealth among individuals from low-income communities. Following the terrorist attacks on 9-11, Bishop Harvin was invited by Rev. Jackson to tour the Pentagon. He joined a group of other pastors who provided spiritual encouragement to construction crews and members of the military and to those providing meals and support services.

In the fall of 2006 Bishop Harvin had a chance meeting with President Barack Obama while they were both on their lunch breaks in Washington, DC. President Obama was still a Senator from Illinois and had not yet announced that he was running for President. Bishop Harvin invited Senator Obama to speak at his church and the Senator told him: “Just call my office.” Shortly after that, Bishop Harvin was transferred to another church and missed the opportunity to take President Obama up on his offer.

Bishop Harvin returned to Lafayette in 2008 and continued pastoring. After moving back to Lafayette, he worked at:
Goodwill Industries of Acadiana - as an Employment and Training Consultant. He taught workforce reentry classes to men incarcerated in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center
Lafayette Consolidated Government - as a Workforce Investment Board Monitor/EO Coordinator
United Way of Acadiana - as a Community Impact Director for Earnings and Essentials
Evangeline Area Council Boy Scouts of America as a District Executive for North Lafayette . He partnered with the 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He led efforts to recruit almost 300 new youth into Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts over a three year period. Most of the youth that were recruited were from at-risk neighborhoods and attended struggling schools on the northside of Lafayette.
SLCC (South Louisiana Community College) – as a Business Development Officer. His job was to meet with business and industry leaders, help them assess their workforce development training needs and propose solutions that would improve company performance, increase revenue, generate higher outputs and improve organizational effectiveness.

Carlos Harvin is a member of:
• The Senior Pastoral Alliance of Southwest Louisiana
• The 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette
• The Lafayette Charter Foundation (a board that governs Lafayette Renaissance Charter Academy in Upper Lafayette and Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy in Youngsville)
• He has also attended meetings of the Greater Southwest Louisiana Black Chamber of Commerce
• He is a former member of the Rotary Club of Lafayette North
• He was also a member of LaPESC (Lafayette Public Education Stakeholders Council)

Carlos Harvin is a native of Washington, DC and has lived in California, Florida and Puerto Rico. He is the second oldest of six children. His father, Richard Harvin, was the first Black Immigration Inspector to work at the Port of Miami. Carlos recently lost his father in February of this year. His mother, Josefina Harvin, lives in Sunrise, Florida and is the proud grandmother of 8 grandchildren. She is a native of Costa Rica. Carlos’ grandmother, Ena “Mimi” Bernard, also from Costa Rica, lived to 105 years old. She came to the United States in 1947 and was hired to work as a Nanny for Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy. She helped raise their 11 children and stayed with the Kennedy family for 44 years. Carlos Harvin cherishes the wisdom taught to him by his grandmother and many special moments he has spent with the Kennedy family. Their passion for civil rights, social justice and winning the war on poverty are a part of his character and will remain with him forever. 

Carlos’ mother, Josefina, ran for City Council in Lauderhill, Florida. Her commitment to serve the community and his father’s courage to move in bold new directions have inspired to run for Mayor/President of Lafayette. He is married to his best friend, Tabitha Smith-Harvin and they are the proud parents of 3 children. Carlos Harvin’s campaign slogan is: ONE PARISH. ONE PEOPLE. ONE PURPOSE. He is #93 on the Ballot and says: WE ALL WIN – WITH HARVIN!