Archer Lodge resident Justin King filed this afternoon (Friday) for the District 1 seat on the Johnston County Board of Commissioners. The seat is currently held by Commissioner Jeff Carver who is retiring at the end of his current term.
King is originally from Newton Grove in neighboring Sampson County. He has resided in Johnston County with his wife, Stephanie, and son, Deekon, since August 2019. Justin and his family lived just over the county line on the Wake County side of Zebulon for the previous 5 years.
Justin is employed by MetLife Insurance in Cary as a Property and Casualty Insurance Specialist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Cameron School of Business at UNC Wilmington and is currently completing his Master of Business Administration degree at East Carolina University.
His wife is an elementary school teacher with Wake County Schools and their son will attend public school in Johnston County beginning in 2021.
Justin said he decided to enter the race for County Commissioner due to the ongoing financial issues of Johnston County Schools. Justin says he is strong believer in public schools and wants to ensure our school system is receiving the appropriate funding to keep up with the rapid growth in our county.
“Johnston County is expected to grow to over 315,000 people within the next 20 years. We must take steps now to address our school system funding and infrastructure issues so that we fully prepare for the rapid change that will be taking place,” King said.
“I’m excited about the future of Johnston County and will work every day to improve our communities. My family chose to live in Johnston County because of the quality of life it has to offer. From Kenly to Benson, and everywhere town in between, the voters of Johnston County will get to know me and what I stand for.”