Justin Kanew was a two-time contestant on The Amazing Race on CBS with his best friend Zev Glassenberg, the first Amazing Racer ever on the autism spectrum. "Zev was the amazing, Justin was the race," as Zev likes to say. They were recently named among the "25 Most Unforgettable Teams of All Time".
After the race, Justin and Zev were awarded the Hollyrod Champions Award by Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete’s Hollyrod 4 Kids Foundation for spreading awareness about autism, and did a series of speaking engagements on behalf of Autism Speaks.
After over a decade in the entertainment industry as a writer/producer of everything from digital content to feature films, including a 6-year stint as Vice President of Production & Development for National Lampoon, Justin and his wife Nicole, a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst for children with mental health issues, wanted to raise their daughter Kaia in a family-friendly, community-oriented environment with a good public school system, and they found what they were looking for in Williamson County. The Kanews brought Kaia, their two dogs, and their cat to College Grove, where they immediately fell in love with the area and planted roots.
Justin has been outspoken about social and political issues on Twitter for the better part of a decade, where he has accumulated over 13,500 followers. He also hosts a short podcast called "Get It Got It Good", which was previously #16 on the iTunes news & politics chart, and once hosted a show called "Let's Get Digital!" on TradioV.com with guests such as Terrell Owens, Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani, Veep’s Matt Walsh, Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan, Eric Roberts and more.
Justin never intended on a career in politics, but was moved to jump in the fight in light of the recent de-prioritization of Tennessee's most vulnerable, and a deep belief that the people of the 7th District deserve a representative that stands for honesty and accountability.
Like many in Williamson County, The Kanews fell hard and fast for Middle Tennessee, one of the most beautiful places in the country, with some of the nicest people in the country, and they'll be raising Kaia, and any future Kanews, right here in College Grove.