pictured: Endorsed Mr. Johnson (right) and Council President Pridgen
Howard Johnson, a community leader and veteran, received the unanimous endorsement of the Democratic committee members of the 1st Legislative District. Mr. Johnson was nominated to succeed the outgoing legislator, Barbara Miller-Williams.
Johnson has resided in the district since childhood, and he feels that his deep commitment to the communities of the 1st Legislative District provide him with a distinct advantage for this post. He grew up in a blue collar family that valued sweat equity and worked to put himself through Buffalo State College, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He served in the Army National Guard from 1985-1995. Professionally, he currently serves as a budget analyst in the Erie County Department of Budget and Management. Previously, he was employed in the banking industry as a compliance officer for almost twenty years, serving in that position at both HSBC and M&T.
“As your legislator, I will work to ensure that everyone is able to benefit from the Buffalo renaissance,” said Mr. Johnson. “I am committed to expanding opportunities for minority business owners, and will work to expand economic development to all parts of the district. Reliable, affordable transportation is one of the cornerstones of an equitable society, and I will work with my colleagues in the city and the NFTA to ensure that residents of the 1st Legislative District can access good jobs and educational opportunities across our community. I also want to address the food desert that leaves large numbers of residents without access to fresh nutritious food for their families.”
Mr. Johnson’s campaign has already picked up support from community leaders, including Buffalo Common Council President Darius G. Pridgen. “Howard Johnson has served this country and his community for decades, and as a fellow veteran who has served, those hard-working skills are what is necessary for the job,” noted Pridgen. “Since serving, Howard has gained public and private sector experience that will assist him in being a good legislator for the residents and stakeholders of the 1st Legislative District.” The Democratic Primary will be held on June 25, 2019
The Democratic Primary will be held on June 25, 2019