Carper also pushed for Metro 911, which saved taxpayers millions while improving response to emergencies.
Those are just the highlights of a lengthy list of accomplishments.
And Carper has done this as a part-time elected official. His full-time job is as a partner at the law firm of Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler.
Carper has been one of the best public servants in the county for more than three decades, serving as an assistant prosecutor and Charleston chief of police before his appointment to the county commission in 1996.
Voters elected him to a four-year term that year and since have re-elected him to two six-year terms.
Carper's opponent, Republican Stephen D. Snead, does not seem to be running a campaign. Even if he were, it would be difficult to top Carper's record of public service.