After the end of a long presidential election season, local races are again about to get underway.
Jamie Johnson issued a statement Monday morning announcing his intentions to run for a seat on the Hudson School District Board of Education this spring.
"There's been a lot going on with the school this year and I thought about running in the past, but I just always felt we had capable leadership and that there were good people running," Johnson told Patch on Monday. "But now, before there are any big fractures in our community, I think we need to come together and get some positive consensus.
"I've been interested in this for a while, but most recently with the inability to get the dog track rezoned and having to go to other options, I think space needs are there, but that's just one of several issues the school district is facing.
"We'll have to wait to see who else files and whether there will be a primary, but I look forward to discussing the issues," Johnson said.
Terms are expiring this spring for board members Mark Kaisersatt and Pat German. Neither has yet announced any indication of whether they will run for re-election.
Candidates can file declarations of candidacy, but petitions cannot be circulated before Dec. 1. The deadline for filing is Jan. 2. If a primary election is required, it will be held Feb. 19. The general election will be held on April 2.
Johnson, an attorney at , issued the following statement:
James "Jamie" Johnson of Town of Hudson has announced he intends to file for candidacy for Hudson School Board for the election in April 2013.
He is the current president of Hudson Daybreak Rotary Club and has served as president of the Bethel Lutheran Church Council and co-chaired previous capital campaigns. In addition to his service through Rotary and at his church, he has volunteered in various capacities for Hudson schools, including co-chairing the Hudson Senior All-Night Graduation Party with his wife, Jean.
“I have been privileged to serve the Hudson community in many ways. I believe our community and our schools are at a critical juncture," Johnson said. "I welcome the chance to work with people who have different perspectives, and to help build positive consensus as we move forward together.”
Johnson is an attorney with the Lommen Abdo law firm and works out of the Hudson office. Jamie and Jean have lived in the Hudson school district for 22 years and all three of their children graduated from Hudson High School.