News of Sen. Martin Nesbitt’s death last week had people across the state of North Carolina talking about Nesbitt’s impressive accomplishments in his three decades as a state legislator. It also set off behind-the-scenes discussions about who would be appointed to replace Nesbitt in the state Senate.
One of the people in top contention is former state Sen. Charles Carter of Buncombe County. Carter won election to the N.C. Senate at age 31 back in 1998 after losing his first attempt in 1996. He won again in 2000. More recently, Carter served as Democratic Party chairman a few years ago.
Part of Nesbitt’s legacy was his support of public education, an issue that Carter also worked hard on while he was in office. Carter also has the experience of two terms in the Senate and theoretically could get up to speed quickly when the next session of the N.C. General Assembly cranks up in May. Carter is an experienced small business owner, having opened a chain of local coffee shops.
More background on Carter, from this Mountain Xpress 2010 profile:
Born and raised in Buncombe County, Carter and two siblings grew up on the campus of the prestigious Asheville School, where his father was athletic director for 40 years and his mother still serves as part-time librarian. Carter played baseball, football and track, going on to play basketball at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. After a year-and-a-half in Barcelona, learning the language and soaking up the culture, he came home to Asheville in 1993 to teach Spanish at North Buncombe High School.