Justin Hanson (18) is a sophomore at Mercer University, where he is pursuing a double major in finance and economics. He grew up in Minnesota cheering for the Vikings (don’t you dare mention Blair Walsh to him right now), Twins, Timberwolves and Wild; he mainly follows baseball and football.
His grandfather played in the Brooklyn Dodgers’ farm system, leading him to become a huge Los Angeles Dodgers fan, as well, with his favorite players being Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig. Justin loves deer hunting and has shot about two-dozen deer, including some pretty nice bucks, such as a 12-point trophy with his crossbow. Hanson is a member of Mercer’s Division 1 cross country and track and field teams and has been quoted as saying his favorite place to be is 10 or 11 miles into a nice, hard 14-mile run. When he isn’t running, he is likely watching sports or keeping up on the latest political and economic news. Hanson primarily covers politics.
Hanson’s love for baseball grew quickly as a child by watching his older brother, Jordan, play the game. Every teammate and coach Jordan ever had could tell you that Justin was one crazy, dedicated bat boy and foul ball retriever, even climbing chain link fences to dig out balls stuck in the fence. As a kid, Hanson played an insane amount of Backyard Baseball and Backyard Football, where Pablo Sanchez was his go-to guy.
Justin’s love of politics is also largely a product of following his brother’s lead. Jordan loved politics but strongly disliked the large and controlling size of the government. This encouraged Justin to rethink his Republican upbringing and wonder if there was a better option than either of the major two parties. After tons and tons of research, he found that the Libertarian Party’s stand for small government and maximum personal liberty and freedom in both economics and personal lives was the way to go. He believes in free markets, reducing and eventually abolishing income tax, reducing government and military spending and legalized marijuana. He once wrote a 14-page paper on United States congressional redistricting. His English teacher had no clue what to do with it, so she sent it to the AP Government teacher, who loved it.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.
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