Candidate Russell Johnson
June 17, 2020
Russell L. Johnson, your current District 4 School Board member, has filed his intentions for the upcoming election on August 18, 2020. He is a lifelong resident of Hilliard, graduate of West Nassau High School class of 1972 and the University of North Florida class of 1976. He married Nancy Carroll Johnson 42 years ago and they have two sons. Jake is married to Leah Arflin Johnson and they have one daughter, Kaylin. Kyle is a student at the University of South Florida pursuing a M. S. in Business and Project Management. Nancy, a retired educator of 35 years with the Nassau County Schools, worked her entire career at Callahan Intermediate, and continues to volunteer and tutor in our schools.
While attending West Nassau, I became interested in Vocational Agricultural through Future Farmers of America, which initiated my attention for cattle production, and later assisted with college tuition. My degree in Political Science/Public Administration has served me well throughout my career with the United States Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (FSA). Before retiring, I occupied significant positions within the agency allocating millions of dollars in assistance to farmers both locally and statewide through conservation programs. This necessitated interpretation and following the strictest of federal guidelines so as to not misappropriate federal funding. I believe these constructive skills enable me to bring a conservative voice to our school board.
As a vital one fifth vote on any decision proposed and passed by our board, I seriously consider every best option when dealing with finances and global outcomes. This is why I believe my commitment to schools and community will continue to thrive as we endure to focus on:
• Proficiency in all school functions from the top down, while preserving our level of excellence, maintaining exemplary educators who work daily to instruct while building relationships with their students, families, and communities, and by providing support for non-instructional employees who want to start and/or continue their educational journey
• Productivity in every realm to improve global performance, continued vocational training programs for those students who want to jump right into the work force right after graduation and the expansion of vocational programs to include future growth opportunities in the areas of hospitality, welding, small engine repair and commercial truck driving, while continuing to partner with local businesses for on-the-job training and the advancement of our local economy
• Provisions that are maintained for every employee as new standards and practices come into play, including salary allocations to broaden the gap between a seasoned educator and a new teacher
It is a pleasure to serve as your District 4 School Board member. I work hard to fulfill my responsibilities for the betterment of our schools, students, teachers, employees and contributors. I believe my role to our school board is to listen to concerns, seek for answers, and support my findings for the global advancement of our schools. Your vote on August 18 for Russell L. Johnson will continue this expectation for a child’s better tomorrow in the Nassau County school system. For more information visit my webpage www.voterusselljohnson.com or Facebook @Russell Johnson for Nassau County School Board.
Editor’s Note: Incumbent Russell Johnson will face Cynthia (Cindy) Grooms for the District 4 seat.
Note that no candidates other than Republicans qualified. This means that all Nassau County registered voters, regardless of their party affiliation or lack thereof, will be eligible to vote in the August 18, 2020 Primary Election, deemed a Universal Primary by the state. This election in effect serves as the General Election for County Offices.