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Guy Johnson is banking on his stance on the issues and his experience in business and non-partisan local politics to win him support as he vies for the Democratic nomination in the 22nd Assembly District.

  With 10 years experience on the Shorewood Village board, the last two as president, Johnson is the only primary candidate who's held elected public office. Johnson is also a member of the North Shore Fire Department Board of Directors and sits on the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council.  

This experience, Johnson said, has given him an understanding of issue-oriented decision making as opposed to partisan-oriented decision making. While he's a Democrat, he hopes to bring a non-partisan approach to the Legislature.  

“Everything we do is just looking at the issues,” Johnson said. “Having 10 years of experience in non-partisan, issue-oriented decision making will benefit me going into state government because I have that mindset of trying to get things done for the good of all of the constituents.”  

Johnson faces three other primary candidates vying for the North Shore seat being vacated by Democrat Sheldon Wasserman, who is challenging incumbent Republican Alberta Darling for state Senate. Other candidates include Andy Feldman, Dan Kohl and Sandy Pasch. The winner of the Sept. 9 primary will face off against Republican Yash Wadhwa in the general election.  

In addition to his elected experience, Johnson also has a background in business. Johnson holds an MBA from UW-Milwaukee, where he is the director of the Executive MBA Program at the Sheldon Lubar School of Business. Prior to coming to UW-Milwaukee, Johnson served as general manager for Overhead Cranes at Harnischfeger Industries.

  “I do have a good understanding of business,” Johnson said. “I think it is important on the Democratic side of the aisle to have a number of people with good business backgrounds, too.”  

Johnson hopes to bring his business background to bear in addressing the state's “perennial budget deficit.”

  “We just have to make sure that we don't keep digging ourselves deeper into a hole,” Johnson said.

Johnson said he is also concerned with preserving the high quality of schools in the North Shore area, supports a statewide smoking ban and wants to see the Great Lakes Compact passed on the federal level.

  While he supports universal healthcare, Johnson said he believes the federal government needs to address the problem.

  “While it would be great if everybody had health care in Wisconsin, I really feel it needs some federal input too to make it work,” Johnson said.  

With his full-time position at UW-Milwaukee and part-time responsibilities on the village board, Johnson said he has little time left to aggressively campaign.  

Nonetheless, Johnson said he and his team of volunteers is ramping up efforts to get his message out and he has been knocking on doors, has ordered yard signs and is preparing to send a mailer out to the district. Additionally, Johnson said he is helped by his experience in running previous campaigns and by his base of supporters in Shorewood.

  For more information on Johnson:

  Note: Milwaukee Notes intends to profile all 22nd Assembly District candidates as the election season continues. Kohl and Pasch were profiled in previous issues.
--See the Kohl profile:
--See the Pasch profile:

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