Councilor Justin Hurst
Justin Hurst (at-large)
First Elected: 2013
Committees: Young Professionals (ad hoc), Chair; General Gov’t; Public Safety; Special Permits.
Education: University of Virginia (B.A); Western New England (J.D.)
Work: Real estate
Prior Public Service: None
Other Elections: Springfield City Council 2011
Political Distinctions: Democrat. No memberships.
Poll of last contested elections: City Council At-large (5 seats on ballot) 2013 general
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City Council At-large (5 seats on ballot) 2011 general
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Biomass Repeal: N/A
Police Oversight Board: N/A
For Mayor’s FY2013 Budget: N/A
For Mayor’s FY2014 Budget: N/A
Tightening Residency Ordinance Waivers: N/A
Pawn shop regulations: Yes
Political Note: The scion of one of the city’s prominent black political families, one which also owns an influential paper that caters to the region’s African-American residents, Hurst’s 2013 campaign heavily retooled from his 2011. As a result, he catapulted to the top vote-getting spot in the 2013 election, surprising even some of his strongest supporters. Hurst built his campaign on the premise that the city needs to retain more young families like his. The campaign took place amidst a protracted battle for the School Committee during the same election which would decide the fate of his wife’s seat on that body. Both Justin and wife Denise prevailed. The campaign also featured a few sharp elbows exchanged between Hurst and Bud Williams, perhaps emblematic of the younger generation’s desire to get out from the last one’s shadow. Hurst landed himself in trouble early on in his tenure when he seemingly announced opposition to a Police Commission, although he sought to contain any long-term damage by qualifying his position. Some observers see Hurst as merely the next generation of his family’s would-be political dynasty. However, the nature and impact of his 2013 win suggest he (and his wife) could and would be a far more important figure than Rick and Marjorie Hurst ever were if he so chooses.