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Jay Parks was born in Scott County, in Southern Indiana to two public school teachers in 1979. He attended Scott County public schools, and graduated from Austin High School. Scott County is a very poor and rural county, and many of Jay's values find there roots in the rural upbringing. He attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana as a Presidential Scholar with a full ride scholarship. At ISU, Jay majored in Political Science with minors in music and international studies. Jay also studied and speaks French with some fluency. He obtained a B.A. from ISU in 2002. After finishing undergraduate study, Jay moved to Indianapolis where he has worked in the customer service industry for some time. He plans to attned IUPUI in the fall of 2009 to pursue a joint law degree and master's of public administration at the School for Public and Environmental Affairs. He currently resides with his 2 long time companions, 6 dogs, and 2 cats in Historic Cottage Home Neighborhood of Indianapolis. He's Secretary of the Cottage Home Neighborhood Association and is helping that group pursue a designation of Wildlife Friendly Neighborhood with the National Wildlife Federation. He's a member of the Marion County Green Party, National Lavender Greens Caucus, Presidential Campaign Support Committee(PCSC), and Secretary for the Indiana Green Party. In his free time Jay enjoys organic gardening, vegetarian cooking, and is a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis and Indianapolis Wind Symphony where he is principal bass clarinet.

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