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ELECTION 2012: Dougherty County Commission seat District 3 - Clinton Johnson

Clinton Johnson

Clinton Johnson

ALBANY, Ga. — Every day, Clinton Johnson works with the future of Albany and Dougherty County.

As a youth coordinator at Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Johnson says he sees the future of the area in the eyes of the young people who come through their doors and it inspires him to want to move the community in a positive direction.

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Clinton Johnson

Age: 34

Position sought: Dougherty County Commission District 3 seat

Occupation: Youth Coordinator, Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church

Key Issues: Spurring economic development, recreational opportunities and growing District 3.

“I’m really looking to have more of a leadership role in the community,” Johnson said. “Through my job, I’m able to connect with people; I see their problems and the challenges they face and I can see their potential. They’re my motivation for running.”

Johnson says he knows firsthand the troubles that growing up in a poverty-laden community with few opportunities can provide, but said he was blessed to have been surrounded by people who showed him that the upright path is the one that will stop the decline of the county’s third district.

“All around me, I see people trying to help people — my family, my preacher, my church, and it’s led me to have a servant’s heart,” Johnson said.

Johnson says he’s most interested economic development, both in the context of Dougherty County and District 3, and believes a strong emphasis on growth could make District 3 a stronger contributor to Dougherty County as a whole.

“I want to spur economic development. We’re blessed with some really great companies here like Miller and Coats and Clark, who are the lifeblood of this part of the city and county,” Johnson said. “But we need to do more. We need to get to the point where District 3 is able to give back to the community as a whole.”

Johnson said he believes recreational opportunities, especially those along the Flint River in the Cromartie Beach area, are dramatically under served and that part of the juvenile crime problem exists because children are often left to wander on their own rather than be exposed to organized events and sports.

This is Johnson’s first political campaign. He’s running against Louise Primrose for the seat currently held by Muarlean Edwards, who is retiring from the County Commission at the end of the year and is seeking a State House seat.