I am Justin Waters, and I am running for Congress in the 2022 Republican primary because I believe public service is service to our Creator, and the purpose of life is to serve our Creator. I believe in American exceptionalism. The purpose of our great nation is to improve the human condition, expand human consciousness, and establish a system of laws built on the collective wisdom of its people, and the potential and limitations of nature.
As a constitutional conservative, I am committed to passing laws that are grounded in tradition and the U.S. Constitution. As a fiscal conservative, I am committed to reducing government spending wherever possible and ensuring government accountability where money is spent. We must ensure that the far-left in the Democratic party does not control the passage of laws in Congress.
I understand the value of the American family; a strong economy; and a culture that values freedom, individual rights, and living in harmony with one another. I am a husband, father, sixth generation Floridian, and outdoorsman. I received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida in 2007, and I graduated from law school at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, FL in 2015. Part of my law school tuition was paid for with support from the Post-9/11 GI Bill because of my honorable service in the United States Navy. Today, I work as a juvenile law attorney to defend the best interest of children who are under the protective supervision of the state because of abuse, abandonment, or neglect by their parents.
My parents met through family at church, and they continue to be married to each other today. They sent my siblings and I to a small Baptist school in Oldsmar, FL, and we were taught the Bible and family values. My childhood weekends were spent at my grandparents farm and later at our hunting club in Dixie County, Florida. Hunting and the use of firearms in a responsible manner is a way of life for us. We went to church on Sunday and often Wednesday. I graduated from Eastlake High School in 2000 and ran cross country and track and field and participated in Fellowship Christian Athletes.
My maternal grandfather was born in Brooklyn, NY but moved to Jacksonville, Florida when he served in the United States Navy with the Hurricane Hunters at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville. He met my maternal grandmother at a military dance while she was studying to be a nurse at the Shands teaching hospital in Jacksonville. She was born near Inverness, FL. My grandfather graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law while my grandmother worked nights as a pediatric nurse at Shands in Gainesville. They lived in University housing with their three children at the Corry Village Apartments. He also received tuition assistance from the G.I. Bill. My grandmother still owns the cattle farm that she inherited from her parents, and I still visit it with my family.
My paternal grandfather was one of the first male graduates of Florida State University, and he met my grandmother on campus. She lived near Tallahassee and also attended FSU. He said it was good to date a local girl because he could always get a good meal at her parents’ house. After graduating from FSU with a degree in economics, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After the Army, my grandfather worked in the insurance industry and settled in Clearwater, FL. My father, brother, and sister followed his steps and continue to work in the insurance industry. Prior to law school, I worked a few years in personal and commercial lines insurance, but public service is my calling.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. Voters deserve to know who their candidates are. Please see my platform for more information regarding policy issues.