Josue Candelaria was born and raised in Midlothian, VA to first-generation Hispanic-Americans. During his childhood, Josue saw his family expand their business and serve the community around him through outreach service. Attending Midlothian High School, Josue participated in many leadership and academic roles, namely being Class Vice President. He then attended Virginia Commonwealth University working to major in Political Science and English, while minoring in Spanish and Business Administration. Outside of his professional life, Josue enjoys playing music: playing the guitar, piano, bass, and singing.