Michelle Johnson Running For Re-Election
Carrboro Alderman Michelle Johnson made it official Tuesday on WCHL, announcing her intention to run for a second term on the Board.
Listen to Johnson’s conversation with WCHL’s Aaron Keck.
First elected in 2011, Johnson is a clinical social worker and yoga instructor. Thus far, she says she’s proudest of her work with the Rogers Road Task Force to bring long-awaited remediation to the Rogers Road neighborhood – but she says there’s a lot more to do in the next few years.
“Affordable housing’s going to continue to be an issue,” she says, “(as well as) the ArtsCenter, (the) Arts and Innovation Center, the library and the Cat’s Cradle…
“And then one more issue is the police forums: in response to what’s going on in our country with police and institutional racism and cultural racism, we’re trying to be proactive with our police force and suggesting racial equity training and having some conversations with the community.”
(The next one of those conversations will be a public meeting this Monday, June 29, at 7 pm in Carrboro Town Hall.)
Johnson was elected to the Board in 2011 along with Dan Coleman and Lydia Lavelle. As it happens, she’s the only one of the three who’s still in that position: Coleman moved to Australia in early 2013 and Lavelle was elected mayor later that year. Damon Seils and Bethany Chaney now fill those seats – they won special elections in 2013 and 2014, respectively. (Neither Seils nor Chaney have announced their reelection plans publicly yet.)
The filing period for local offices begins on Monday, July 6 and runs through Friday, July 17.