Jim Carr grew up in Ypsilanti, Mich. After attending Detroit Barber College, he purchased his first barber shop. While living in Ypsilanti, he first became interested in politics. His political race earned him a seat on the Willow Run School Board.
After moving to Newcomerstown in 1992, he became an active participant in many areas of the community. He owned and operated his own barber shop on the corner of Canal and River streets for nearly 15 years. This allowed him to get to know many of the area residents as he became one.
Carr is the co-founder of the Cy Young Festival, a fund-raising organization of the local youth league. He served on the Cy Young Youth League and coached girls slow-pitch softball for six years.
Carr served as co-founder of the local Polar Express and is the founder and current President of the Ohio All-Sports Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization that honors local and professional athletes, who grew up in Ohio, who have participated in some way with sports in Ohio or who reside in Ohio now.
Carr is a member of the Church of Christ in Christian Union and the Lone Star Masonic Lodge, Newcomerstown. Since his move to Newcomerstown, Carr has been an active member of the Democratic party, currently serving as Executive Chairperson to Precinct No. 1.
He has served both as a co-chairman on the finance committee and as the safety chairperson.
Following his three terms on village council, he became a two-term mayor in Newcomerstown. During his tenure as mayor, he along with consultants and council members, helped the village acquire over $20 million in grant monies that allowed for economic growth in the community.
Although Carr was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease in 2003, he continues to be an active member of the community. Carr enjoys good music, sports and people.