Brenda J. Johnson

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Brenda J. Johnson
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Former candidate for
Board member, Chesapeake School Board, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 6, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Chesapeake School Board
High schoolOscar Smith High School
Campaign website
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Brenda J. Johnson was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Chesapeake School Board in Virginia. She lost election to one of five seats on the board against nine other candidates during the general election on May 6, 2014. Johnson previously served on the board from 2004 to 2012.


Johnson earned her high school diploma from Oscar Smith High School. She worked as a merchandiser with Revlon prior to her retirement. Johnson has served on boards for the Oscar Smith Middle School PTO, South Norfolk Revitalization Commission and South Norfolk Civic League. She and her husband, Gerald, have three adult children and four grandchildren.[1]



See also: Chesapeake Public Schools elections (2014)


Brenda J. Johnson sought election to an at-large seat against incumbents Christie Craig, Harry A. Murphy and Michael J. Woods and six challengers during the general election on May 10, 2014. Board members Bonita Billingsley Harris and Ann R. Wiggins did not file for re-election by the March 4, 2014 deadline.


Chesapeake Public Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristie Craig Incumbent 12.3% 8,275
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngColleen C. Leary 12.3% 8,261
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHarry A. Murphy Incumbent 11.4% 7,698
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael J. Woods Incumbent 11% 7,388
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLouis J. Tayon, Jr. 10% 6,748
     Nonpartisan Brenda J. Johnson 10% 6,716
     Nonpartisan Les Smith, Jr. 9.7% 6,543
     Nonpartisan Kimberly S. Hobbs 8.2% 5,525
     Nonpartisan Michael David Brown 7.7% 5,188
     Nonpartisan Wilford A. Clark, Jr. 7.3% 4,892
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 116
Total Votes 67,350
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official Results - General and Special Elections - May 6, 2014," May 6, 2014


Johnson did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Virginia State Board of Elections ahead of the election.[2]


Johnson received the endorsement of the Chesapeake Democratic Committee on March 14, 2014.[3]


Johnson placed fifth in the May 1, 2012 general election and lost her re-election bid.[4]

About the district

See also: Chesapeake Public Schools, Virginia
Chesapeake Public Schools is located in Chesapeake, Virginia
Chesapeake Public Schools is located in Chesapeake, a city in southeastern Virginia. According to the United States Census Bureau, Chesapeake is home to 228,417 residents.[5] Chesapeake Public Schools is the seventh-largest school district in Virginia, serving 39,468 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[6]


Chesapeake underperformed in comparison to the rest of Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.4 percent of Chesapeake residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 34.7 percent for Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Chesapeake was $70,244 compared to $63,636 for the state of Virginia. The poverty rate in Chesapeake was 8.3 percent compared to 11.1 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
Race Chesapeake (%) Virginia (%)
White 62.6 68.6
Black or African American 29.8 19.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.4
Asian 2.9 5.5
Two or More Races 3.0 2.9
Hispanic or Latino 4.4 7.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[7]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 49.8 48.8
2008 50.2 48.9
2004 42.3 57.1
2000 45.2 53.2

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[8] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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