Gov. Matt Blunt appointed Mayor Tom Carlson Thursday to a state committee designed to help make sure Missouri is accurately counted in the 2010 Census. The committee, which will be chaired by Lieutenant Gov. Peter Kinder, will create a plan to "identify specific areas or groups that are isolated geographically, linguistically, racially, culturally, or otherwise, that may be hard to count."
Carlson's term as Mayor will expire in April. Carlson helped form Carlson Gardener, holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from George Washington University and is a graduate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. His term on the census committee ends on June 30, 2011.
Carlson wasn't the only Democrat chosen to serve on this committee. Blunt also appointed St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and former Senate Minority Leader Maida Coleman to the committee. Kimberling City State Representative Dennis Wood was also appointed by Blunt.