ACT real estate agent, student and drag queen Johnathan Davis describes himself as a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’.
But at just 20, the openly gay Canberran has become the youngest person to be endorsed as a candidate for the ACT Greens.
Davis will have his name on the ballot for the seat of Brindabella at the October election, however, he will be supporting the re-election of the incumbent, Greens MLA Amanda Bresnan.
The Brindabella resident told the Star Observer he was aware his age might be a concern.
“I say to critics who say I’m too young to run, just like they would with any other candidate, look at their track record,” Davis said.
Davis pursued public office after campaigning to keep his high school open.
The budding politician has worked in real estate, studies at the University of Canberra and runs his own small entertainment business as a drag queen, comedian and MC. Davis has also worked in the LGBTI community as a volunteer for the AIDS Action Council of the ACT and Equal Love Canberra.
He hoped he would have the gay community’s vote based on his work, not his sexuality.
“I’d like to think that support from the queer community in Canberra is not going to be just because I’m gay,” he said.
“I think that respect and support from the queer community has to come from a track record of advocating for their needs and their rights.”