Cartwright is completing his first term, which will be only three years and four months due to a shift in the city's election schedule. City officials moved city elections from odd-numbered to even-numbered years so that they could be held in conjunction with the state general election, saving the city the cost of paying for a stand-alone election.
Prior to his election as mayor, Cartwright served three terms as a city council member representing the 3rd Ward.
He serves on the executive board of South Central Tennessee Development District, Arnold Community Council, Chamber of Commerce, Railroad Authority Board, Economic Development and Tourism Board, Bedford County Health Council, and has served on the Bedford County Farm Bureau board for over 20 years.
He is a member, deacon and choir member of Fair Haven Baptist Church and serves as treasurer of the Mid-South Conference of the Southern Methodist Churches for Mississippi, a position he has held for 33 years. He is a 35-year member of Shelbyville Benevolent Lodge #122 and has served as its treasurer for 10 years. He is a 35-year 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a 33-year York Rite Mason, serving as secretary/treasurer of Tannehill #40 R.A.M. He is a 35-year member of the Al Menah Shrine.
He has been married to the former Martha Gene Trolinger for the past 55 years; they have three children, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren.
"I would like to reiterate that I am honored to be a part in helping to achieve some of the goals which the Council has set out to accomplish over the past few years and look to the future for greater accomplishments," said Cartwright. "I respect your feelings and ideas and deem it an honor to continue to serve you as Mayor of the City of Shelbyville."