Justin Johnson Enters District 4 City Council Race
February 28, 2013
Johnson for Phoenix
Small Business Owner Stresses Innovation, Balanced Approach to Phoenix's Fiscal Challenges
PHOENIX -- Justin Johnson, a central Phoenix businessman and a member of the Phoenix Planning Commission, announced his official candidacy for the District 4 City Council race, where incumbent Tom Simplot is not seeking re-election.
At a campaign kickoff event last week with family, friends and hundreds of supporters, Johnson said that on the district level, he will focus on historic preservation, reducing crime, and making it easier for infill and creative development. On the citywide level, Johnson is committed to encouraging more citizen involvement, fostering innovation in city government, and promoting economic opportunity and job growth.
Johnson also announced the launch of his website at www.JohnsonforPhoenix.com. The site is where people can learn more about Johnson, his key issues, and sign up for more information and support. His website is integrated with his social media efforts and will be the hub of campaign activity.
"Central Phoenix has been my home for over 32 years. I was born at John C. Lincoln Hospital and currently live in a community that we helped build as a revitalization project near Glenrosa and the I-17," said Justin Johnson, "My wife, Lauren and I are currently raising our three year old son and one year old daughter; both were also born at St. Joseph's Hospital. Making the City of Phoenix a better place to live, work, and play is something I am committed to every day. It is because of this passion that I am looking to serve the residents of District 4 at City Hall."
"Justin is a hard worker, full of energy and ideas," said Christa Sevrens, Justin's campaign chair, "He is someone we can count on to put in the hard work. Justin will be dedicated day in and day out to working with our neighbors, police department, developers, and historic districts to bring the kind of change that allows our community to flourish."
Justin learned the importance of giving back to the community by watching his father, Paul Johnson, serve on the City Council and as Mayor of Phoenix. It was the inspiration of his father as well as the countless other neighborhood, business, and community leaders that helped motivate Justin to a professional career and personal life to dedicated service to the City of Phoenix. His company has focused on revitalization projects throughout our community and Johnson served as a project manager for a program that assisted first time homebuyers with their financials, affordability, and helping select a home.
Johnson explained, "I am very passionate about the Westwood District, which is where I live, and the progression we have made here with the newly built Berkana Townhome project and revitalizing the Pines at Camelback. There are other revitalization opportunities on the Westside and Maryvale and we must continue cleaning up our streets and making this a safer place to live."
Johnson has already had hundreds of conversations with local business owners and neighbors about the need for new responsible development and redevelopment to the vacant lots and abandoned retail. His experience in redevelopment gives him a unique advantage in his ability to focus on the needs of the Melrose Corridor, McDowell Road, and the Coronado area. His skills and experience would also allow him to spearhead the redevelopment of Park Central, arguably one of the best retail spaces in Phoenix, but definitely the most underutilized.
"Justin has demonstrated his commitment to our community by putting an emphasis on revitalization and historic preservation in his private sector work," said Bill Jones, a Johnson supporter from the Encanto-Palmcroft neighborhood, "I also appreciate his willingness to reach out to people throughout the district to hear their concerns and share their vision for the community."
Johnson said he will be a councilman who is easy to reach, curious about new ideas, and frugal about public spending.
"I like talking to people and hearing different perspectives," said Johnson. "The city council has hard decisions to make because we'll never have the resources to do everything we want to do. We need balance and we need to be innovative. New ideas are welcome and we must make it easier for people to have their voice heard. I look forward to continuing my conversations with the voters of District 4 and ask for their support and their vote."
About Justin Johnson
Johnson, 32, is a Phoenix native who served on the Alhambra Village Planning Committee and is currently serving on the Neighborhood Block Watch Grant Oversight Committee. He is a Valley Leadership alumni, a Flinn-Brown Fellow, and has a degree in Economics from Occidental College. Johnson is a builder and owner in Old World Communities, a family-owned homebuilding company.
Johnson and his wife Lauren have been District 4 homeowners since 2006. They live with their two children in a townhome community he built as a partner in his company, Old World Communities. Justin Johnson is the son of former city of Phoenix Mayor, Paul Johnson.
Learn more at www.JohnsonforPhoenix.com.