Contact: Ryan Deeter
November 30, 2015
Phone: (919) 821-2777 x206

Gil Johnson Announces Campaign for NC Senate
School Board Chair will run for District 18 in Eastern Wake and Franklin Counties

YOUNGSVILLE, NC --Today, Franklin County School Board Chair Gil Johnson announced his 2016 candidacy for the North Carolina Senate. Johnson, a North Carolina native who has lived in Youngsville for over 20 years, has been a strong advocate for public schools in the face of repeated budget cuts.

“The people of Wake and Franklin Counties want a representative that will stand up for the core issues that families care about,” said Johnson. “They want strong public schools that will provide a safe environment for their children and grandchildren and will prepare them for the challenges that lay ahead. They want a growing economy that creates stable and well-paying jobs. They simply want their government to be committed to the needs of the taxpayers they represent.”

Johnson is running for Senate District 18, which includes all of Franklin County as well as much of Eastern Wake County.

“I am running for Senate to bring a common sense and reasonable approach to finding solutions to the issues that face North Carolina families. I want to be a voice for making the priorities of everyday North Carolina citizens the legislature’s priorities,” Johnson said.

Johnson, a retired Air Traffic Controller, has served on the Franklin County School Board since 2005 and has served as Chair since Dec. 2011. He has three children and 6 grandchildren and is married to his wife of 30 years, Kim. In addition to serving on the Franklin County School Board, Johnson has served in multiple roles in local Parent Teacher Organizations and was instrumental in the creation and development of Youngsville’s little league baseball park.

“Senate Democrats are focused on recruiting strong candidates with the vision to move North Carolina forward,” said Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue. “Gil Johnson’s common sense approach and record of standing up for public education and ordinary North Carolina citizens will make a great addition to the North Carolina Senate.

Senate District 18, currently held by incumbent Senator Chad Barefoot, is considered by many to be one of the most competitive State Senate seats in North Carolina.