Justin is a lifelong resident of Lexington's 79th Legislative District. His mother is a retired public school teacher and his father has owned a small Lexington based business since 1978. Justin's parents taught him that working hard and helping others are two of the most important values in life. Justin is more determined now than ever to step into Frankfort and make a positive difference in the lives of people throughout the state. Justin is a small business owner of a home design and remodeling company, focusing on quality affordable housing for people in Central Kentucky.
Right now, big corporations are getting all the rewards while low income and middle class folks are having the odds of moving up stacked against them. Taking on the risk of expensive student loans - the risk of being bankrupted by healthcare cost - and the risk of having their children and grandchildren inherit a dying planet. Justin thinks it's time for us to reset. History has proven we can fix big problems, and now we need big ideas for our time. "Our state doesn't have to rank last, or close to last, in just about every category," Justin said in July 2019 at a local Democratic Party meeting. "We don't have to accept the way things are, and it's within our power to change them. The time to be bold and make a difference is now!"
Harvey Milk said, “Rights are won by those who make their voices heard.“ Never before has an openly gay person been elected to Kentucky's House of Representatives - and Justin plans to change that. Winning this election means Justin will become the first open LGBTQ State Representative in Kentucky's history. Justin believes everyone deserves representation in government, and he will be an outspoken advocate for those that are underrepresented or not represented at all.
Since Justin was a student in high school he has been involved in political campaigns and in the offices of elected officials. Some of the people Justin has worked to fight for change with is Vice President Al Gore, KY Speaker Jody Richards, Rep. Scotty Baesler, Rep. Ben Chandler, and Mayor Teresa Isaac. "I have worked to support people I believed in - people I thought could make a difference in the lives of everyday working Kentuckians. As your State Representative I promise to always do my best. I will always listen to you, and I will always stand up for values that will make Kentucky a better place."
As a freshman at Eastern Kentucky University in 1999, Justin was the founder of the EKU College Democrats and hosted Senator Joseph Lieberman in his preparation for the Vice Presidential debate in Danville, KY. While at Eastern, Justin studied Political Science and Communications. He also has a degree in Film & Video Production from Full Sail University.
"Rights are won only by those who make their voices heard"
- Harvey Milk