Justin Bailey hosted his first (but probably not his last) political event at the Bailey Barn in Powell. The honoree? Larsen Jay, candidate for Knox County Commission at-large, Seat 10. Jay faces Ronnie Rochelle in the May 1 Republican Primary with Democrat Tori Griffin ahead in August.
It’s easy to see why Bailey likes Jay. Both are business owners with young kids. Both have a heart for service — Bailey through Young Life and Jay as founder/CEO of Random Acts of Flowers. Both are incredibly optimistic.
Jay holds a bachelor’s degree and MBA from UT. He and wife Adrian have sons Henry and Alexander. If you think Jay’s campaign material looks professional, it should. He was a film and TV producer for nearly 15 years before a 2007 accident changed his life forever.
Jay suffered a near-fatal fall from a ladder which resulted in six skull fractures and over 15 broken bones. During his hospitalization, he was comforted by numerous floral arrangements. When ready to return home, Jay distributed his flowers to other patients at UT Medical Center. Realizing the benefit of those deliveries, he formed Random Acts of Flowers.
The non-profit is a recycler, if you will, of flowers and vases. Primarily staffed by volunteers, the concept has spread across the country, driven by the vision and leadership of Larsen Jay.
Knox County will benefit from Jay’s vision and leadership on the commission. At least, that’s what Justin Bailey believes and what he’s telling his friends in Powell.