Strong, healthy families create strong, healthy communities. I am the product of the Seminole County Public School system and have experienced, firsthand, the prosperity a solid education provides. Now as a parent, I impress upon my daughter the importance of education. I firmly believe a quality education directly affects all other facets of life such as employment, access to healthcare, and housing. By investing in education, we are empowering our communities to develop creative ways to tackle the issues impacting our quality of life.
For Immediate Release
Carter offered the following statement regarding his candidacy, “When you’re in the Army, you take an oath to protect and serve the public and your country. I have taken that oath past the uniform and bring it to everything I have done since serving.” Carter continued with, “Running to represent the great people of Senate District 9 is another opportunity to continue living the same commitment to service in a new mission.”
Carter is running to fill State Senator David Simmon’s seat that is open due to term limits. Senate District 9 covers all of Seminole County and parts of Volusia County. This seat is widely viewed as one of Florida’s most competitive seats this election cycle as Republicans vie to keep a seat that Democrats have seen trending blue. Despite the already crowded Democratic primary, Carter has gained significant traction and is considered Senate District 9’s Democratic front runner.
The primary contest for Senate District 9 will be decided on August 25th, 2020 and the general election is scheduled for November 3rd, 2020.
Alexis Carter is the Owner of the Law Office of Alexis F. Carter, P.A., handling criminal and civil litigation matters throughout Seminole, Volusia, Orange, and Osceola Counties. He also serves on the adjunct faculty at Florida A&M University College of Law, teaching Trial Practice where he develops and inspires the next generation of future attorneys. In addition to private practice and teaching, Alexis serves as an Army Lawyer in the rank of Major in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, Army Reserves.
Alexis was born in New York City, but spent most of his childhood in Florida. He’s the product of Orange and Seminole County Public Schools and attended Lake Brantley High School where he played varsity basketball. He enrolled at the University of Central Florida with the financial support of Florida’s Bright Future Scholarship Program and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies. Alexis pursued his interest in the legal field at the Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando, Florida, where he was an academic stand-out, graduating with a Juris Doctorate degree, Cum Laude.
Alexis began his professional career as an Assistant Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, zealously representing clients in criminal cases who could not afford to hire legal representation. During that time, he also taught Criminal Litigation at Seminole State College, exposing students to the basic principles of justice and the law. In 2010, Alexis answered the call to duty and commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army JAG Corps. He spent the next seven years on active duty, serving in various roles as an Army Lawyer, to include Special Assistant United States Attorney and a combat deployment with the heralded 3rd Infantry Division to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
After leaving active duty service, Alexis returned home to Altamonte Springs, Florida. In keeping with his commitment to public service, Alexis devotes his time to the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida and Parramore Kidz Zone where he’s collaborated with community partners to establish law clubs designed to enrich civic education and expose youth to legal careers through practical exercises and mock trial competition. Alexis is a member of the Orlando Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Council where he lends his military experience and legal expertise in developing quality outreach events that raise public awareness on veteran-related topics and enrich the lives of the thousands of veteran families that call Central Florida home.
As earlier as college, Alexis has had a hand in improving Central Florida Communities, As part of a Cooperative Education Program with UCF and private industry, Alexis assisted small business start-ups with drafting and reviewing business license applications at the UCF Small Business Incubator. In law school, Alexis was a member of a Joint Task Force appointed by former Governor Charlie Crist to research and propose changes to laws improving Florida’s foster care system. While in the Army, then Captain Carter was hand-selected by senior U.S. officials to serve as legal advisor to the Department of State in developing policy and laws affecting employment of U.S. contractors in Afghanistan. Additionally, Captain Carter provided legal oversight and fiscal review of a $5 million dollar congressional appropriation to support construction of public roads, schools and medical clinics, and other humanitarian relief in war-torn areas of Afghanistan.
In 2016, Alexis was recognized by the National Bar Association as one of the nation’s Top 40 Lawyers Under 40. He has been featured in the FAMU Forward, Alumni Spotlight for his contributions to the legal profession and commitment to service throughout his career. Additionally, Alexis is a Florida Bar Leadership Academy graduate, a program supporting development of lawyers as leaders.
Small business is the backbone of our economy. As a business owner, I understand the day-to-day challenges of running a business. I support collaborative initiatives between the public sector and private industry that provide sustainable pathways for business to grow and prosper. I intend to support policy that promotes business development throughout our communities and advancements in innovation and technology as we progress into 21st century. Despite being the third largest state, Florida lags behind in economic development. As the third largest state, there is no reason Florida should not be a leader in business, innovation, and technology.
Let’s help make our communities better.
Transparency, Accountability, and Civility are the cornerstone of any well-functioning government. Public service is a public trust, and our elected officials and leaders owe a duty of candor to the people. My goal is to ensure that our government operates in accordance with the will of the people and to improve the public’s faith and trust in our system of laws.