Justin Kuhnle

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Justin Kuhnle
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Indiana, District 3
Elections and appointments
Next primaryMay 6, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolBellmont High School
Bachelor'sPurdue University, 2004
Place of birthDecatur, Indiana
Campaign website
Justin Kuhnle was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Indiana.[1]

He was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Indiana. He lost in the Democratic primary.[2]


Born in Decatur, Indiana, Kuhnle attended Bellmont High School.[3] He then went on to study organizational leadership and supervision at Purdue University, graduating with his bachelor's in 2004.[4]


Upon graduation from Purdue, Kuhnle began a career in home improvement working at Menards from 2004 to 2007. He then chose to enter the social services field and worked at Park Center as a case worker from 2007 to 2013. During this time, he returned to school to study psychology and human services. He simultaneously attended Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne and Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, graduating in 2010.[3][4] In 2013, he began working as case worker with the Bowen Center. He is currently employed with the Bowen Center.[4]

He is a rehabilitation service provider.[5]


Campaign themes


The following excerpts come from Kuhnle's campaign website:[6]

  • Education: "Without public education, most children would not be able to develop the necessary knowledge to be successful in their future careers. However, many politicians believe that to solve the debt problem, the first thing to be cut is education. This can not be further from the truth, for a $1 saved today, is going to cost our society a minimum of $10 in the future...I will devote all my energy to give our children and parents the choices they deserve to give our next generations of children the fighting chances that they deserve as well as skills necessary to compete on a local and global scale without doing any further cutting to education's already thinned budget."
  • Families: "To grow our families stronger, we need to focus on increasing the opportunities of earning a living wages and reforms in predatory lending practices employed by banks that creates debt that is unsustainable, such as with home loans. As well, one growing threat that is facing our families livelihood is the growing cost of college education. To get an education should not put individuals and families in debt forever but to set them on a path towards contributing to our economy and our society."
  • Job Creation and the Economy: "Often small business has difficulty expanding and growing but through creating outreach groups to connect to the global market we can give even small business a chance to connect their services and products with consumers. We need to strengthen worker's rights and offer incentives for workers to earn a living wage that can and will contribute more to our local and global economy and create an atmosphere of consumer spending which will also expand our Economy. Another proposal would be to create a national database of both public and private sectors on a local and national level to best match a candidate's skill set with matching employment opportunities. We also need to focus on worker safety in increasing paid vacation days and mental health focus to prevent workers fatigue and mental exhaustion which has a direct impact on working class families and productivity on the job."
  • Affordable Healthcare: "I would stand for fixing the funding formula on professional reimbursement through Medicaid. To reduce long-term healthcare costs, we need to focus on preventative care. This can be done by offering incentives for reducing premium payments for individuals that take part in healthy lifestyle changes maintaining healthy choices, for example, annual check-ups, maintaining a healthy weight, non-smoker or smoker cessation, etc;. Also provide capping premiums and creation of policy exchanges that offer 90/10, 80/20, 70/30, and 60/40 plans on coverage."
  • Efficient Government Spending and Reducing Waste: " I have accounted for some wasteful spending that is in excess of $4 billion each year on just 4 single items, which is just the tip of the iceberg...I will dedicate my goal to uncovering and eradicating all waste in our Federal Government."
  • Workers' Rights: "I will stand with our workers, both unionized and independent, to ensure that their rights of working a living wage, a safe working environment that is not just physically safe but mentally and emotionally safe, and productivity standards are not skewed to extremes that put workers at a disadvantage."



See also: Indiana's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Kuhnle ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Indiana's 3rd District.[1] Kuhnle sought the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Indiana's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Kuhnle ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Indiana's 3rd District. Kuhnle and four other candidates lost to Kevin Boyd in the May 8 Democratic primary.[2]

U.S. House, Indiana District 3 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Boyd 47.8% 5,985
Tommy Schrader 13.5% 1,694
Stephen Hope 11.5% 1,441
Justin Kuhnle 10.1% 1,265
David Sowards 9.4% 1,172
John Forrest Roberson 7.7% 966
Total Votes 12,523

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