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District 5 candidate says jobs come first
by Caroline Young
July 11, 2012 10:18 AM | 1245 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Michael Johnson
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Editor’s note: Incumbent John Lewis faces Democratic challenger Michael Johnson in the July 31 primary race for U.S. Congressional District 5, which includes Buckhead and part of Sandy Springs. The winner will take on Republican Howard Stopeck in November. Click here for a profile of Lewis, which was published July 18.

Michael Johnson, 44, is an Atlanta native.

“I was born and raised right here in the 5th Congressional District,” he said.

If elected, Johnson said his top focus will be putting people back to work, and has an idea of how he would begin.

“One of the first things is to invest in our crumbling infrastructure,” he said. “I don’t think that’s a secret in Georgia, this district or across the country. We have a number of projects ready to invest in and it would go a long way in putting people to work and doing it quickly.”

He also said people need to get more “aggressive” about looking into new fields, such as the “green industry” and the “bio-technology industry.”

Johnson said he wants to improve vocational and technical training “so those students who don’t go to college will come out of these schools prepared for the work force and become productive members of society.”

Secondly, Johnson said another priority is education.

“In order to put people back to work, we need to make certain we are educating our children to have an educated workforce.”

Thirdly, he wants to make sure the district is getting a “fair share of federal funds.”

“There are so many things we can do and need to do in terms of our district, and it starts with federal funds and bringing that money back home,” he said. “That would go along way in providing citizens with the services they want and deserve.”

For 20 years, Johnson worked as a lawyer and served as a judge on the Fulton County Superior Court for seven years. He said he would bring a “unique skill set” to the Congressional table with a “fresh perspective” and a “common sense approach”

“I’ve had an opportunity to see a lot,” he said. “I see what happens to hardworking families when they have fallen through the cracks and don’t have opportunities.”

Johnson said he and his wife Allison, along with kids Michael, 11, and Katherine, 8, can relate to most people in the district.

“We have to think everyday about how we’re going to pay for the rising college tuition and we both have parents that are seniors,” Johnson said. “We are facing the same everyday issues and I think that puts me in a position to readily identify with our everyday hardworking citizens.”


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