Justin Flippen Wiki
Justin Flippen was 41 years old and the mayor of Wilton Manors in Florida and a long time LGBTQ activist died on February 25 at the age of 41. On Tuesday Evening he passed away suddenly and at his door front people brought flowers and candles for a makeshift memorial.
According to the official Flippen was driving to Tuesday evening’s City Commission meeting when he became ill and died. Police Chief Paul O’Connell said Wednesday that the Medical Examiner’s Office determined Flippen died of a brain aneurysm.
The Wilton Manors city officials said in a statement “We are very sad. Our hearts go out to Justin’s family and friends,” and added, “This is a horrible loss for our community.”
Statement from City:
“We are very sad. Our hearts go out to Justin’s family and friends. This is a horrible loss for our community.” pic.twitter.com/zH1DzAm3SU
— Jamie Guirola (@jamieNBC6) February 26, 2020
Justin Flippen Career
In 2018, he was elected as mayor after serving 10 years as a city commissioner. Just four years before, he was elected into city commission out of a field of seven candidates and was known as “The People’s Commissioner” due to his grassroots approach to public service.
By looking at his Website his next election for mayor will be held on November 3, 2020. Later, he shared his memory in the post “My time as your mayor and previously as vice mayor and a city commissioner has been spent listening and responding to residents’ needs and working with my colleagues to move us forward as a model community.”
“I owe so much of who I am to the Island City. Wilton Manors was part of my childhood and formative years. I have relied upon our local businesses since owning my first car. Our city’s supportive community has provided me a safe environment to be who I am, to serve on civic and city boards, and to be elected as a city commissioner and your mayor.”
In 2018, upon his election, he said to NBC News “In Wilton Manors, our goal is to serve as an example for other cities across the nation on how a municipality and community can prosper from being inclusive and accepting from policy to practice. Wilton Manors is a city where whatever color under the rainbow you most identify with, you are welcomed, affirmed and respected for who you are.”
In 2014, he was re-elected but in 2010 he made a failed run at the state House of Representatives. During his college days, he became the first openly Gay Student President at Florida Atlantic University. Later, he completed his education from Broward County and was a graduate of Coconut Creek High School as well as Broward College, Florida Atlantic University and the University of Florida Law School.