Carter, Neal

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State House
Political Affiliation:
Software Trainer
B.A., English Literature and French Literature, J.D.
Biographical Info:

Neal Carter is a conservative Republican who believes in the values of the Constitution. Faith, family and a free economy are the founding principles that have made Arizona prosper and take its place as the best state to live and work in. Neal believes in an Arizona where jobs are plentiful and opportunity reigns. As a small business owner, Neal has brought money into the state and expanded the local economy. As a lawyer, Neal has fought for the values enshrined in the Constitution: power to the citizenry, limited government, and the Bill of Rights. As a citizen, Neal embodies the value of giving others a hand up, not a hand out: serving both on local civic committees and volunteering for ministerial outreach programs for the needy.

A San Tan Valley homeowner since 2010, Neal Carter considers community involvement to be paramount to the success of America, and he regularly volunteers with Compassion Queen Creek, offers legal services on a pro bono basis for veterans groups such as the Coolidge Veterans Commission, and serves also on the Plan San Tan Committee and as General Counsel of the Pinal County Republican Committee. When the legislature is not in session, Neal volunteers with his church giving a communion service in the prisons in Florence. Neal is a passionate pro-life person and was instrumental in raising money for the installation of a sonogram machine at Vineyard Community Pregnancy Center in Queen Creek through the Knights of Columbus chapter he serves as council advocate for. Neal also adopts a segment of Hunt Highway under the County’s adopt a road program and hosts San Tan Valley’s only municipal event, the San Tan Valley Quarterly BBQ, at his 4-acre parcel adjacent to the San Tan Mountains Regional Park.

Neal speaks French fluently and works for an international technology company, heading up client trainings particularly for francophone clients in Canada and elsewhere. He has translated several books to date.

In the legislature, Neal serves on the Judiciary, Commerce and Transportation committees. In addition to fighting tax increases and disastrous leftist social policies, Carter authored and sponsored a bill to ban mask mandates in government offices, and sponsored a resolution to return the power to the people to elect their judges.

Carter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and in French Literature from UCLA and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. In his free time he enjoys playing ‘cello, cruising around in his ’64 Buick named ‘Cassie,’ reading, horse riding and roaming Arizona for opportunities for hiking, shooting, and outdoorsmanship. He is married to his lovely wife, Katy, an Arizona native and Gilbert High School graduate, who also enjoys horse riding and roaming Arizona for hiking. He is honored to serve as your voice in the legislature, a position he considers to be a sacred trust.


I am running for office to defend the values of the Constitution: limited government, freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, economic freedom, freedom to keep and bear arms, etc. A smaller government makes for a more free nation. The proper role of government is to defend life and liberty, not to guarantee happiness. I am running for office because over the past several years I have understood that our country and state are in a crisis, beset by forces that intend to use the power of government to coerce ideologies on us. I am known for standing up for what’s right, and I prefer death over dishonor.


AZ Free Enterprise Club,

Arizona Technology Council


Response Legend

  • SSupports
  • OOpposes
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Expanding background checks to include guns purchased from private individuals. O* The right to keep and bear arms is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and it is illegal for us to abridge it.
2. Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law. O* Strongly oppose. Adding any such language will mean that those who chose to follow their own conscience will be imprisoned for supposed discrimination.
3. Prohibiting abortion except when it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother. S
4. Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports teams. O* We have been told at the legislature over the past two years to "follow the science" time and time again. I urge my colleagues to follow the science: a simple blood test shows dna, x chromosomes and y chromosomes, proof positive of either a male or a female sex. "Gender" is a term that has been made up to obfuscate biological science: "sex" is the correct word. If we must allow female sports teams, then why would we allow males to play on them? Wouldn't that defeat the point?
5. Providing state funding to abortion entities that perform or refer for abortion. O* Strongly opposed. Providing state funding to any private entity for a non-state purpose is immoral. Taxes are to provide for the common good; otherwise, they become an illegitimate government taking. The illegitimate taking becomes even more egregious when it is directed to a practice that is fundamentally evil.
6. Allowing all parents to use tax credits, vouchers, or education savings accounts to enable their children to attend any public, charter, private, homeschool, or online academy. S* Parents should have plenary authority over their children, not the state. Parents can choose how to educate their children. The money should follow the child.
7. Legalizing physician-assisted suicide. O
8. Allowing parents to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues. S* See 6, above. Parents should have plenary authority over their children. Parents can choose how to raise their children.
9. Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs. S* Strongly support. Freedom of conscience means the freedom to bake a cake for a wedding, a funeral, a quinceanera, a Christian ritual, a satanist ritual, etc. or the freedom to decline baking a cake for a wedding, a funeral, a quinceanera, a Christian ritual, a satanist ritual, etc. Why is the State forcing one moral believe upon us over another?
10. Keeping the flat income tax rate in Arizona’s state tax code. S* Eliminate income tax. 8 states do it, why not 9? Income tax hurts those who work for their living. Better to collect revenue from those who spend the most (the rich) than from those who are working to support themselves and their families and whose work expands our economy.
11. Requiring any government entity, including schools, to inform parents about their child’s physical, emotional, or mental health. S* See 6 and 8, above. Parents should have plenary authority over their children, not the state. Parents are the number 1 concerned for a child's well-being, what interest does the state have in withholding information from them?
12. Establishing electric retail competition to eliminate the current monopoly system for electric utilities. S