Candidate questionnaire: Mike Carter

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

NAME: Mike Carter

AGE: 40

PLACE OF BIRTH: St. Louis Missouri

SPOUSE, CHILDREN'S NAMES:

Hollie, Hannah, Jack

EDUCATION:

University of Missouri St. Louis -- Pol Sci & Philosophy '00

University of Missouri Columbia -- Juris Doctor, Law Degree '04

University of Missouri Columbia -- Master of Journalism '04

Hazelwood West High School -- 1990

OCCUPATION:

Real Estate Attorney, Senior Lecturer, Corp Gen Counsel, Defense Attorney

EMPLOYER:

Carter Law Offices LLC, University of Missouri St. Louis, StopRepairBills.com

BUSINESSES OWNED, ALL OR PART: Carter Law Offices, LLC

PUBLIC OFFICES HELD OR SOUGHT; GIVE DATES:

Wentzville Municipal Judge -- 2009-2011

Director St. Louis Real Estate Board -- Current

WEBSITE: http://www.MikeCarter.com

WHAT CAN THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DO TO ATTRACT MORE JOBS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO MISSOURI?

Nothing. Any candidate that tells you otherwise is being disingenuous. However, because the office does get some media attention; the office holder can do his/her best to trumpet the benefits of Missouri's business climate and try to put some pressure on state actors to make Missouri a more business friendly state -- while at the same time ensuring that Missouri's hard working citizens have a good quality of life.

THE CURRENT LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR HAS MADE CLEAR HIS PERSONAL OPPOSITION TO HEALTH CARE REFORM. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE LAW?

The personal mandate is problematic, anti-liberty, and anti-American-Constitution. The very foundations of the American way of life cannot jibe with forcing a citizen to buy something (in this case health care) simply because s/he is alive. Now, if you want to drive a car, certain conditions can be placed on that. However, it defies American-based/Constitutionally-based logic to place similar restrictions on a person by virtue of their being alive. Health Care System Needs Improvement.

HOW CAN THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BEST SERVE THE STATE OF MISSOURI?

By treating the position as the part-time position that it is. Using the position as a stepping stone and personal public relations platform does NOTHING for Missouri. Running around the state handing out meaningless awards is a waste of time. The office holder should participate in the boards required of the office and minimize the MASSIVE superfluous goings on that the office slips into from time to time.

CLOSING REMARKS:

I will treat the position as the part-time position that it is while ensuring that all of its responsibilities are attended to. I will use the position to garner as much attention as possible to the banning of red-light cameras and other big-government intrusions. If the office cannot serve or be given a meaningful purpose then I will work to cut the outrageous ~$85,000 salary or eliminate the office entirely.

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