Saturday, October 15, 2016

C.J. JOHNSON FOR CITY COUNCIL: A New Way of Thinking

C.J. JOHNSON
FOR CITY COUNCIL
A New Way of Thinking
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Given the utter absurdity playing
out on the national political stage
during the current election cycle,
I've been focused more closely on
my hometown issues and races.
And recently, I had the pleasure
of connecting with a particularly
impressive young candidate.
Relax — it's a non-partisan race.
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"It may be a new way of thinking, but it's important to always treat people with respect." From the look in his eye and the tone of his voice, one couldn't miss the sincerity of 26-year-old, C.J. Johnson, as he poured out his passion for the local community during our recent coffee get together.

A 2007 graduate of West Shore Junior-Senior High School, Johnson was brimming with enthusiasm as we sat together discussing an array of intriguing topics, from our favorite slaw recipes to the upcoming November 8th Melbourne, Florida District 5 City Council election — a race that has him pitted against a wide field of contenders, all vying for one of the four seats up for grabs.

Getting my "joe on" with Melbourne, Florida
City Council candidate, C.J. Johnson.
Having attended Florida Southern College on a tennis scholarship, Johnson currently is also President of the Florida Federation of Young Republicans of Brevard. However, he maintains that he has, "very Libertarian leanings" — explaining further that most of the issues he'll face as a councilman are not party line issues, and they will affect the things we all see from day to day, such as keeping traffic lights working and maintaining trash pick-up.

C.J. Johnson with girlfriend,
Sandy Proctor, at a recent
Florida political event.
In addition to his current day gig, practicing real estate and probate law with the firm of Frese Hansen, Johnson also is an active volunteer with the non-denominational, Young Life Christian ministry youth program. And when I reached out for assistance with staging an upcoming local fundraiser to benefit hometown victims of the recent Hurricane Matthew disaster, C.J. Johnson responded to my call immediately in the middle of the night. Wow  "a new way of thinking," indeed!

-Christopher Long
(October 2016)
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