Check out our Campaign Video!

Please be sure to SHARE our video on Facebook, Twitter, with neighbors, colleagues, and community groups. Let’s get this spot in front of as many folks as we can!

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Legend Oaks HOA Candidate Forum

Video of my intro at last night’s Legend Oaks meet the Candidate event. Met some great folks who really believe in our message that we need to elect the next generation of leadership in Dorchester District 2! Thank you to Tom and the RLCSC for the video coverage!

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Great Support from a Great Group!

I recently received the following message from the great folks at Lowcountry Voices for Special Needs -

“Wanted to give a shout out to Mr. Justin Farnsworth. He is running for District 2 School Board. We had the pleasure of meeting this man and his lovely family during a Miracle League Game handing out balloons with Senator Rose. He was very caring and interested in people with lifelong disabilities. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to talk and have you listen. We wish you well!”

If you are not familiar with their group, I urge you to check them out. Their mission is to ensure people with lifelong disabilities have full access to their community and the necessary services to maintain a quality life experience. They are committed to educating, empowering, and protecting the rights of these valuable citizens. What a fantastic organization, and I am honored to have their support!

Learn more on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/LowCountry-Voices-for-Special-Needs/

- Justin

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The FAQ’s

There is a ton of great info throughout justinfarnsworth.com, but I also wanted to put up a quick list of frequently asked questions to give everyone a little more insight on why I am the right choice for School Board on November 6th!

Q: Where are you from?

A: I was born and raised just outside of Dallas, TX. I spent 18 years there, and after graduating from the public school system I enlisted in the US Navy.

Q: What did you do in the Navy?

A: I was extensively trained to operate, maintain, and oversea Navy nuclear power plants. In my 9 years on active duty, 2 years were spent in a classroom learning environment, 3 1/2 years stationed on the worlds largest aircraft carrier (USS Harry S Truman CVN 75), and 3 1/2 years as an instructor teaching new Navy sailors how to operate, maintain, and oversea Navy nuclear power plants. While on the USS Truman, I successfully completed 2 long term deployments, as well as months of preparation and work up sailings. I have mentioned it before, but the US Navy nuclear fleet has traveled over 65 million miles without a single major accident…I am proud to have been a part of that tradition!

Q: What have you done outside of the Navy?

A: Prior to my Honorable Discharge from the Navy in March 2007, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology. It’s not quite rocket science, but I’ll take it. Our family had settled in Summerville, SC during my instructor duty, and I was thrilled to take a position with Automated Trading Desk just outside of Charleston. I have been with them since leaving the service and currently operate and manage several complex high frequency financial applications. On a daily basis, our firm transacts hundreds of millions of stock and option trades on all major US exchanges.

I am active in several community organizations including the Dorchester District 2 school system, Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Red Cross, Charleston County CERT, The Boy Scouts of America, and the Citigroup military veterans network. 

Q: Why are you running for School Board? Continue reading

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good…Great…WORLD CLASS!

We talk about it a lot…Dorchester District 2 is a good school district. When families move into the Lowcountry with children, one of the first questions they ask is where the best schools are. Inevitably, Dorchester District 2 is always at the top of that list. We certainly have a lot to be proud of – our teachers, our students, our administration, and our parents are all part of an award-winning team!

As this word continues to spread, Dorchester County will steadily grow…which is great! New families, new businesses, and new voices are a welcome addition to the mix. We added almost 50,000 new residents from 2000-2010 according to US Census data. I bet a good number of those individuals chose Dorchester County because of our schools.

With all of this growth, we must remember that the goal is still the same – take Dorchester District 2 from a good school district to a GREAT school district, and then to a WORLD CLASS school district! To get there, all of us have to be 100% focused on this goal. It has to be a team effort!

I represent the next generation of leadership who will stop at nothing but the best for our children. We have to provide the BEST education to these kids so they can strive and fully succeed in today’s global economy. We need to think outside of the box and try some new tactics…we need new leaders who understand the world is a different place, and changing every day. Let’s work together to go from good, to great, to world class!

With your support, we can bring WORLD CLASS to Dorchester District 2. Please help spread this message, and I look forward to your vote on November 6th!!!

- Justin

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Back to School!

I hope everyone has had a great summer break, and is ready to head back to the classroom for 2012/2013! I know of all our fantastic teachers and staff have been working hard this summer to prepare our schools, think about lesson plans, and get ready to provide a world class education to our children.

I thought it would be beneficial to put together some quick notes, tips, and websites as we get ready for the school year.

Dorchester District 2 Websitehttp://www.dorchester2.k12.sc.us/

Important school bus safety tips from Durham School Serviceshttp://durhamschoolservices.com/Safety/KidsZone/SchoolBusRulesSafetyTipsEnglish/tabid/97/Default.aspx

School supply lists should be on all of the school websites. If you cannot find a list, or need any help with supplies, just let me know.

Meet the Teacher -

Middle Schools: Wednesday, August 15th 6-7:30 pm

Elementary Schools: Thursday, August 16th 6-7:30 pm

High Schools: Tuesday, August 28th 6:30-8 pm

School lunch menushttp://dorchester.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=117876

School district policy manualhttp://policy.microscribepub.com/cgi-bin/om_isapi.dll?clientID=545141&infobase=dorchester.nfo&record={1}&softpage=PL_frame

As always, if you have any questions that I can help with, don’t hesitate to contact me. I am here to listen and help!

-Justin

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What would you change?

As I meet people around the community, the one question that always comes up is “What would you change?”

Although it is usually not good form to answer a question with a question my reply is always “What would you like to see changed?” I wholeheartedly believe the role of a public official is to represent and be a voice for the people. Those in office are merely the conduit for the people’s voice to be heard and have their will done. But…in order for that process to work, we have to have the right leaders in office who strongly relate to and are in touch with those they represent.

Dorchester County has experienced massive growth over the past decade, and with that growth, the face of our population has changed. We are a younger, more active, and more diverse community. To make sure Dorchester District 2 Schools keep up with this rapidly changing world, we need to elect the next generation of leaders! We need leaders who ask “What would you like to see changed?” more often!

- Justin

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Rising HS Seniors…thought about a US Service Academy?

Are you a rising High School Senior? Do you know a rising Senior? If so, make sure and give some thought to applying for one of our nation’s great Military academies. You get an all expenses paid college education, excellent leadership training, and the chance to see the world and meet lifelong friends along the way…what is not to like!?!

Applicants to all Service academies, except the United States Coast Guard Academy, are required to obtain a nomination to the school. Nominations may be made by Senators, Representatives, the President, and the Vice President. Applicants to the Coast Guard Academy compete in a direct nationwide competitive process that has no by-state quotas.

I know Dorchester District 2 has some great students, and this really is a great opportunity to show off to the world!

Here are some helpful links -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Service_academies

http://timscott.house.gov/ConstituentServices/AcademyNominations.htm

http://www.demint.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ServiceAcademy

http://lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ConstituentServices.ServiceAcademies

- Justin

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Check out the new Events page

Make sure to check out the new Events page. It will be chock-full of upcoming events, important dates, and great ways you can help!

New Events Page Here

This is a great way for me to stay in touch with the Dorchester County population and make sure we do GREAT things in the future! In addition, if anyone has any events you would like added, just let me know and I will get them on the calendar.

-Justin

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Congratulations! Dorchester District 2 Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Beech Hill 5th Grade teacher, Kelly Wanish for being selected as the Dorchester District 2 Teacher of the Year!

Full story here – http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20120509/PC16/120509190

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