LANE, OK – Justin “JJ” Humphrey declared his candidacy to serve his community as State Representative for Oklahoma House District 19, representing Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, and Pushmataha county areas.
Humphrey filed for Oklahoma House District 19 on Wednesday, April 13. State Rep. RC Pruett (R) has served in this seat since 2005 and will be leaving the state house due to term limits.
Humphrey is the son of Jack and Linda Humphrey. Jack Humphrey, his dad, is a retired Superintendent of Lane Public schools where his mom, Linda also served as Librarian.
“My dad took a small rural school in Lane, Oklahoma and made it a proud pillar of our community by investing in students and improving the campus i.e. adding a new gym, classrooms, and technology. There is always a way to improve our schools through empowering our local school boards and by finding funds and incentives,” Justin Humphrey said.
Justin Humphrey graduated from East Central University with degrees in Criminal Justice and Business Administration. After twenty years working for the Department of Corrections, Humphrey retired, but continues to use his knowledge gleaned from his trainings as a correctional officer, probation officer, the CLEET Academy, DARE officer, High Intensity Officer Supervising, and his time as Vice President of the Fraternal Order of Police Chapter 147 in order to consult drug courts and a drug abuse ministries through his private business, “Last Chance Supervision.”
Humphrey said, “My faith teaches me that a love for God is a love for others, which is why I helped start with my brother, Pastor Raymond Humphrey, “Church of the Rock” – a place for the rejected and for those that have suffered from drug and alcohol abuse.”
Humphrey is ready to use his understanding of the law and his vast knowledge, experience, and training from years in the court systems and state and county government to offer the needed solutions to solve major problems within all levels of government to better Oklahoma and the communities of House Distirct 19. “It’s one thing to recognize a problem, it’s another to solve it; I have a self-funding plan to reform the Department of Corrections, save the state millions of dollars, relieve the overcrowding of our prisons, stop repeat offenders, create employment opportunities, reduce crime and improve the overall quality of life in our communities.”
Another reason Humphrey is passionate about running for State Representative is because he wants to bring jobs across the river from Texas and back to Oklahoma. “The communities in House District 19 are growing in population; but not growing in job creation and employment and that is a problem. Employers aren’t finding a workforce that is qualified or willing to work, partially because of the drug epidemic that is running through our communities and partly because we are outsourcing to other states that which we can process and build right here in Oklahoma.”
Humphrey would love to see his children stay and thrive in House District 19. “I live a mile from my mom and dad, three miles from my brother, Raymond, and not far from my wife’s family. Our rural communities have so much to offer and have so much opportunity for growth and improvement. When I think of Oklahoma, I think of lakes and ranches for hunting and fishing and farming and building families with the Oklahoma Spirit – after all we have awesome people.”
Humphrey’s wife, Carla, a teacher of twenty-seven years is currently a reading specialist for Harmony Public Schools. Their children Coben Jack Humphrey (15), Court Jake (12), and Cade John, (10) attend Harmony and Stringtown School. The Humphrey’s reside in Lane, Oklahoma and attend Church on the Rock.
The primary elections for Oklahoma House District 19 will be held along with other major elections on June 28. The general election will take place on November 8. You can find more information about the candidates on FortySix News 2016 Elections page.