For the second time in four years, Johnson has been voted “Best County Commissioner” in the CrossRoadsNews’ Best of East Metro Readers Choice Awards.
Johnson first won that title when the awards were launched in 2009.
“I’m just thankful and appreciative of the readers and the people in my community who would look at me in that regard,” said Johnson, the Board of Commissioners’ presiding officer. “I’m still real excited about helping make sure that people move to the next level.”
Miriam Robinson, a substitute teacher and author of children’s books, is among those who voted for Johnson. She said he makes people feel that he is part of the community.
“He’s always visible, always there and always responsive. If you write or call him about something, nine times out of 10 he’s going to respond. You sometimes can’t get this from other commissioners.”
She’s also pleased that Johnson remembers people and something about them.
“He knows the people who care about their community and will address the problems with him,” Robinson said.
First elected in 2002 at the age of 34, Johnson represents a district that includes some of the county’s poorest and most depressed corridors.
He is passionate about making his constituents aware of their own power to help improve their communities and has advocated for rail for the I-20 corridor, worked for more businesses in the community, and pushed for the revitalization of Candler and Wesley Chapel roads.
Cherry Willis, a registered nurse who lives in the Decatur area, also voted for Johnson.
“He is so active in the community. He’s very visible, and the community knows who he is,” Willis said. “We know what kind of person he is. He is very ethical.”