Let's restore common sense and decency at Leon County | Josh Johnson – Tallahassee Democrat

Growing up in Leon County, I learned lessons that have guided my life — in private and in public. 
Fairness. Honesty. Working cooperatively. Looking out for those who need help the most. 
These are the lessons that I try to instill within my students at Godby High School as a teacher and with families, community partners, and patrons as the president of the 621 Gallery.
They are also the lessons that have guided my campaign since I announced my candidacy for the Leon County Commission nine months ago, amid the turmoil of the $27 million Doak Campbell Stadium Blueprint giveaway that sparked the greatest civic controversy in recent memory.
The residents and taxpayers of Leon County have had enough personal and political scandals and sordid distractions from the important work at hand. 
They want to be heard, to have their commissioners’ values reflect their own, and to have their priorities drive the local government’s agenda — not the priorities of insider special interests who have had far too much influence for far too long.
If we get this crucial election for the At-Large County seat right, we can make those goals a reality. 
We can build real affordable housing, address record-setting crime and poverty, and invest in local projects that will protect our environment and preserve the precious natural resources that make the town we call home so special. 
Let’s build a county that honors our childhood lessons about right and wrong, and make a better community for all and future generations. Working together, we can get it done.
If you share this vision of a stronger Leon County — one with opportunity for all, where our neighborhoods’ voices are truly heard — please cast your vote for me, Josh Johnson, on or before November 8.
Josh Johnson is a candidate for Leon County Commission At-Large, Group 2. He is a teacher at Godby High School and president of the 621 Gallery.
(Editor’s note: Candidates on the ballot for the Nov. 8 general election are allowed one Opinion column this cycle. The Democrat will not publish columns after Friday, Nov. 4 in print or online.)
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