Jamie Johnson Announces Plans to Run for Hudson School Board

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.

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.      


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Carbon Bigfuut November 12, 2012 at 06:40 PM
From Mr. Johnson's remark about the"inability to get the dog track rezoned", I am guessing that he was a supporter of the school district buying the dog track? Rather than worry about the past, I'd like to know what are his feelings about moving forward on other school district issues?
Micheal Foley November 12, 2012 at 07:07 PM
We'll have plenty of coverage of the school board race before any ballots are cast.
Phil McGraw November 12, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Jamie Johnson provides no factual information on his own, but rather promulgates information as given to him. See his speech for the dogtrack: http://hudson-wi.patch.com/articles/video-hudsonites-address-school-board-about-dog-track-purchase#video-11024129 Our community needs someone running for school board who is capable of standing on their own as a voice for the children and the taxpayers, independently researches information, collaborates, and uses logic to formulate creative solutions. I am all for diversity on the board, but another lawyer in the mix is the last thing we need; school district’s attorney Mick Waldspurger and board member Dan Tjornehoj are ample legal representation.
Vested Interest November 12, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Phil - not trying to criticize your choice of wording, but "ample" in this case obviously does not equal "adequate". And given what we've heard and seen from Jamie, I can't say the level of legal knowledge in public proceedings increases with him in the pool. (It's obvious he lacked understanding with regard to zoning laws concerning the dog track purchase.) Jamie is a nice enough guy, but after now hearing his position concerning the Hudson school district, it leaves me thinking he isn't open-minded or logical enough for the job at hand.
Mike November 13, 2012 at 12:02 AM
After watching the video in the link above, it seems to me that Johnson will be nothing more than a direct replacement for the members up for election. We need new blood on the board that is willing to use his/her own mind and will not follow the demands of the Superintendent. We need someone that not be afraid to stand up to what they think is the right thing to do and not follow the crowd. From the video, my impression is that Johnson is nothing more than what we already have. Both Phil and Vested have mad good comments about another lawyer on the board, we just don't need that, what we need is a representation of the population in Hudson.
Cheryl Sykora November 13, 2012 at 01:37 PM
we need somebody to move the school district forward in a positive progressive direction. he sounds okay to me. Why shouldn't he be given the opportunity to run for the open position(s)?
Carbon Bigfuut November 13, 2012 at 02:40 PM
No one is talking about not giving him the opportunity to run. What we're discussing is whether he would be a positive or negative asset to the community while on the board.
Sue November 13, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Who is up for reelection? Can't wait to NOT vote for any incumbents. They are long overdue for the door....
Micheal Foley November 13, 2012 at 03:28 PM
From the article above: "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."
Carbon Bigfuut November 13, 2012 at 10:38 PM
JB, I don't know if you've been following the circus going on in the Hudson school district, but we currently have too many people on the school board who carry out the rulings of one of their subordinates (the current district superintendent). When was the last time you saw upper management taking all their directions from a manager-level employee?
Scott Erlenborn February 17, 2013 at 10:56 AM
Just watched the candidate forum and thought Johnson was well prepared and presented strongly. He demonstrated a strong grasp of the reality of the competition our district faces in the hiring and retention of top teaching talent. Came off as a humble an likable guy that I'd like to have a beer with (if he drinks alcohol). He highlighted his past history of volunteerism in various capacities and would be a great asset to any organization, including our school board.


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