Justin Kanew is used to being in amazing races, in fact Kanew was once a film writer and producer and past contestant on the television series "The Amazing Race”.
However the next amazing race Kanew intends to participate is running as a Democrat in 2018 for the seat held by United States Representative Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee.
The 7th District in Tennessee is heavily Republican and has been for half a century, but Kanew is no stranger to uphill plights.
Kanew said he “feels driven to step up in the ongoing battle over health care to fight the alternative proposal pushed by President Donald Trump to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.” Kanew would be in the minority in Tennessee trying to go against a very popular President’s agenda.
"It's a cruel bill and we need as many people as possible in Congress that are are willing to fight against something like this," he said of Republicans' alternative health care plan. "This is exactly the kind of thing that shows there are people putting corporations and the wealthy ahead of the people of Tennessee."
Kanew said his platform is based on education, jobs and criminal justice as his top priorities; is the first Democrat to officially announce a campaign in Tennessee's 7th District. He intends to put up a fight to win the Democratic primary next August in order to try and oust the also popular Blackburn in November 2018.
The 38 year old Kanew has lived in Tennessee just a single year. His family moved from Los Angeles to the College Grove area of Williamson County, an area he calls a "special place with special people."
Kanew also hosts a politics podcast and currently works independently after writing and producing the for the Hollywood based company National Lampoon's.
Most will remember Kanew is better from his time. As contestant in Seasons 15 and 18 of the TV show "The Amazing Race”, the reality CBS series.
Blackburn has never faced real opposition or any legitimate threat from a Democrat during her eight previous races for the seat, winning each and every one of her 7th District campaigns with at minimum two-thirds of the vote. She's expected to win next year as well.