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Johnson wants to see county moving forward

Friday, October 26, 2012

Dolores Johnson (D), Brazil, is running for Clay County Council, At-Large, in the upcoming election.

Johnson is retired after 18 years of working with Riddell National Bank. She was also a Jackson Township trustee for 18 years. Johnson is currently serving her fifth year as a county councilmember.

"I want to see Clay County move forward," Johnson said. "We have a lot of potential out there right now. The council and I are all working on things right now to move the county forward."

Johnson said she understands how difficult times are for the county right now and believes it deserves a county councilmember who recognizes that.

"I understand because I've been there," Johnson said. "You work hard for your money, and you try to makes ends meet. You deserve a councilperson that knows this. I know this. I lived on a farm, and we had to live by a budget."

Managing a farm budget isn't the only financial experience Johnson has. Johnson has also worked on the budget every year she's been a part of the Clay County Council.

"We are thinking about the voters as we balance the budgets, and we live by the budget as close as possible," Johnson said. "We really try to maintain and work within our budget."

Johnson said other elected officials helped to maintain the budget.

"While working on the budget, we worked together to not have wasteful spending," she told The Brazil Times. "We try to make every dollar count and make everybody accountable for what they are doing."

Johnson also supports local businesses.

"We have abatements in place to help new businesses that come in," she said. "We try to help the businesses we do have. If they want to expand and come in, we help. It's important to have small businesses."

As far as the wheel tax, Johnson said she and the council want to be responsible about the tax money that comes in.

"We want to be accountable for the money that comes in from the wheel tax," Johnson said. "We want the public to know where the money is going, and I would like the opportunity to work for the taxpayers and make that happen."

Johnson has lived in Clay County her entire life except for four years while her husband was in the military. Together, they raised five children in the county. Johnson has six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The 2012 election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.