Nick was born in Germany to David and Lindy Cartwright while they were stationed at the U.S. Army base in 1994. After getting out of the military, they settled in Romance, Arkansas to be closer to family and raise their own. Nick attended Rose Bud School District from kindergarten to 12th grade and graduated as valedictorian of his class in 2012. He has two younger sisters: Sydney, a Behavior Technician in Little Rock, and Gena, a Pre-School Teacher in Sherwood. His dad, David, worked for over a decade at the Rose Bud School District and now works at the University of Central Arkansas as a bus driver. His mom, Lindy, has been an Arkansas State Trooper for 17 years.
Nick attended the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science in 2016. He then moved back to his hometown of Rose Bud to lead the Rose Bud Veterans Memorial project which was unveiled in 2017. At age 22, Nick was elected to the Rose Bud City Council by a nearly 40% margin over a 4 year incumbent. While on the city council, he was able to secure increased funding for infrastructure, the city park, and the Rose Bud Library. While on the city council, he established a monthly "Coffee with your Councilman" session to connect directly with constituents. In 2018, he graduated with his Master of Public Administration at Arkansas State University. Since then, Nick has worked as a rural community organizer and progressive policy advocate with several organizations including Rural Community Alliance, Arkansas Public Policy Panel, and Community Farm Alliance. After serving briefly as Chair of the Democratic Party of White County, he is now the organization's Secretary. He is currently an office manager with Arkansas Community Organization. Nick has a girlfriend (Kolbie), dog (George), and cat (Cooper).