Q&A 24th District Senate — Larry Carter

Prefers Independent Party, Port Ludlow

Age: 64

Retired Navy Command Master Chief; ran unsuccessfully for state Representative in 2010 as a Repbulican. After retirement from the Navy, Carter and his wife Bugsy moved to Port Ludlow in 1999, where he became active in landowner property rights.

Reason for running: “If successful, I would be the only Independent in the Senate. Though I plan to caucus with the GOP, they would have to earn my vote. I promise to give every bill put before me this test: Will this take freedoms away from people, or restore more freedom to our lives?”

With education funding critical in the next legislative session under court mandates, how do you propose the state deal with schools in the long run and what measures can be taken to comply with the court rulings that the state must “amply provide for the education of all Washington children as the first and highest priority before any other state programs or operations?”

We need to bring our public schools into the 21st Century using 21st Century technology. The current system treats students with a one size fits all approach that only works in sweat pants and MooMoos. We treat our students as if they were on an assembly line crunching out a product that meets minimum QA standards. We should place a greater emphasis on internet based training where some of the best math and science teachers in the world offer courses. The students should be allowed to advance at their own pace, challenge the in-house course, and proceed up the learning ladder. Who says that virtually every student should spend 12 years in a 1-12 program. Why can’t we have 14 year old students starting college? The system would save about $20,000 if a student could cut finish high school after 10 years.

Do you support the following measures on the general election ballot: Initiative 1185, which reinforces existing requirements that legislative actions raising taxes must be approved by two-thirds legislative majority or voter approval; Initiative 502 that would license and regulate marijuana production, distribution and possession; Initiative 1240 that would authorize up to 40 publicly funded charter schools; and Referendum 74 that would allow same-sex couples to marry?

I-1185 Yes. The state has repeatedly supported the two-thirds requirement over the years. My opponent disregarded the requirement several years ago stating that sometimes it is necessary to “set aside the will of the people”.

I-502 No. Primarily because it is illegal at the federal level. Various states have tried to work around this issue to regulate marijuana in different ways and have created a mess. In our state we have municipalities trying to regulate medical marijuana that are inconsistent. Until the federal ban is removed, we are tilting at windmills.

I-1240 Yes, See above comments.

R-74 No. Marriage is a union between a man and a woman. I met my wife in church and married her in church. When we made our vows they were to each other and to a higher power than the government. I do support equal rights and life contracts by anyone. I don’t see Everything But Marriage as only a gay rights issue. My opponent cast the deciding vote in 2005 to prevent equal rights protection to gays and lesbians stating, “I have nothing against anybody who participates in this behavior. I cannot give government protection of that behavior.” He’s essentially saying you don’t have the right to be gay.

Unemployment continues to be higher in Southwest Washington than in other parts of Western Washington. Does the state have a role in addressing the problem and what can or should be done legislatively to help spur job growth in your districts?

Absolutely! Washington state is overregulated for our businesses, our property, and our checkbooks. We have over a hundred thousand regulations! I will regularly host business forums across the district to listen to our business owners to identify and remove onerous regulations stifling our economy.

The Harbor in large part is dependant on the infrastructure that links its major transportation corridors, with our bridges and thoroughfares undergoing constant maintenance and concern. With major projects in the Puget Sound area currently under way, what can be done to fix some of the long-term infrastructure concerns in more rural counties like ours?

Our rail system and harbor will expand import/export capability to all Pacific Rim countries. We have THE deep water port in the Northwest and we should make the most of it. Progress has been stalled by permitting delays. As your senator I will work passionately to expedite the permitting process for such facilities.

Grays Harbor County currently is involved in a lawsuit brought by its Superior Court Judges over what they believe is inadequate funding for judicial operations. Does the state have an obligation to better fund its courts and criminal justice system and what suggestions do you have for possibly solving this dilemma?

The county needs to elect commissioners that will resolve the issue internally without the state getting involved. The state has far greater problems of its own.