Carter was born in Culpeper, Virginia, moving to Salem with his family at age 7. A 1987 graduate of Salem High School, he was a member of the 1986 Regional Championship football team and co-captain of the tennis team. After graduating from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in History where he served as an executive officer in the German Club, he earned an M.A. from the Iliff School of Theology, and a Ph.D. in Religious and Theological Studies from the University of Denver. Spending most of his career in academia, he was an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Radford University for nearly a decade and now serves as their Associate Director of Advancement. He has been married for 22 years to Karen who serves as Chief Administrative Officer at Community Housing Partners. Their daughter Callaway is a sophomore at Penn State University.
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Having grown up and raised a family in SW Virginia, Carter has a genuine understanding of what is important to the people of the 8th District. His willingness to listen and stand up for what’s right will make him a driving force in the General Assembly.
Senator Tim Kaine
United States Senator from Virginia
“Carter Turner is one of my closest friends. He’s smart, fair, and gets things done. He’s exactly what we need more of in Richmond.”
Virginia Tech Football Defensive Line Coach
Carter Turner is the ideal person to serve in Virginia’s House of Delegates. The Roanoke County Democratic Committee had been dysfunctional for years and during that time the Republican Party gained prominence in County government – even as the party was becoming increasingly reactionary. In 2013, Carter Turner decided to act. As a natural leader, […]