Johnson seeks tax assessor/ collector seat

Winona businessman Brad Johnson is seeking the position of Montgomery County Tax Assessor/Collector in the November 5 General Election.  Johnson is running as a Republican.

“I believe with my education and my experience as a business owner and in the industrial sector, I am the most qualified candidate for the position of Montgomery County Tax Assessor/Collector,” Johnson said. 

Johnson, 51, is a native of Winona.  The son of Thomas Johnson and the late Sarah Johnson and grandson of the late Wade and Lottie Johnson and Charlie and Mattie Lou Putman, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Mississippi State University.

“I have owned and operated my own business in Winona for the past 18 years,” Johnson said.  “I also have experience in corporate America, managing 14 production supervisors, as well as 400 hourly employees.  My main goal was to produce a quality product, on time, and to the customer at the lowest cost possible.  We produced over $1 million a day in finished goods. It took a lot of planning, scheduling, and a great staff to make that possible.”

Efficiency and quality of service is something Johnson brought with him from corporate life to his small owned business, D&K Cleaners.  He believes that his customer-focused philosophy in business will be a tremendous asset to the Montgomery County Tax Assessor/Collector’s office.

“My plan is to prioritize transparency concerning the office’s activities and resources for all citizens,” Johnson said.  “I offer stability in the position for I am in this for the long haul.  Giving you, the citizens, consistency and leadership is at the top of my priority list.  Standing still is not an option for me – not in my personal life or my professional life.”

Johnson said a citizen’s tax obligation is not the easiest subject to understand, but he feels that someone needs to be in place to help those who struggle to understand the process as well as provide the necessary explanation of what tax dollars are being used for such as infrastructure, fire and police protection, county government, and county roads.

Johnson said he decided to run for the position of Montgomery County Tax Assessor/Collector because of his familiarity with the office and the skills necessary to be successful.  Johnson’s mother, Sarah Johnson, served in the position for many years.

“When my mom retired from that position, some citizens asked if I planned to run for the seat,” Johnson said.  “Miss Velma [Young, the current Montgomery County Tax Assessor/Collector] worked for my mom for many years, and because of that and our family friendship, I would never run against her.  When Miss Velma announced her retirement, I made the decision to seek the position.”

Johnson said if elected, his goals are simple: provide customers with the very best service, manage the office as efficiently and professionally as possible, and help citizens obtain a thorough understanding of their tax obligations.

Johnson has been married to Janelle Johnson, a registered nurse with Sta-Home, for 21 years.  The couple has two children, Macy, who is in her freshman year in college, and Reese, who is in the eighth grade. 

Johnson is also an active member of the community.  A member of New Hope United Methodist Church, Johnson serves on the Finance Committee.  He also serves on the Greenwood District of the United Methodist Church’s Finance Committee.  He gives of his time and resources wherever needed, whether it be in support of local schools, organizations, or citizen benefits.

In his free time, Johnson can usually be found cheering on his children as they participate in various extra-curricular activities.

Since announcing his campaign for Montgomery County Tax Assessor/Collector, Johnson has been diligent in meeting with as many citizens in Montgomery County as possible. 

“If I have not been able to personally speak with anyone, I welcome their calls with any questions or comments about my candidacy,” Johnson said.  “I also ask for their consideration in voting for me as they visit the polls on November 5.”

Johnson can be contacted by calling 662-310-2433.

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