Monte Johnson

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Monte Johnson
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Candidate for
Virginia House of Delegates, District 10
PartyDemocratic
Education
Bachelor'sThe College of William and Mary
Personal
ProfessionSenior Consultant
ReligionChristian
Websites
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Monte Johnson was a 2013 Democratic candidate for District 10 of the Virginia House of Delegates.[1]

Biography

Johnson earned his bachelor's degree in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary in 2004. His professional experience includes working as a Senior Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, and as an IT administrator for Insight Global and TWD & Associates. He is credentialed as a Project Management Professional.[2][3]

Issues

Campaign themes

2013

Johnson's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • Education

"I’ll push particularly hard for improved teacher training - the new economy is intensely competitive, and we need to make sure our children have the best possible chance to succeed. That means better training for math and science teachers in particular, and then paying our teachers what they're worth to keep them from leaving."

  • Energy and the Environment

"The development of alternative energy will also help the environment. Drilling for oil off the coast of Virginia and mining for uranium could easily poison our water and our air. Let's keep those safe and explore these alternatives that will benefit our communities."

  • Health Care

"Uninsured individuals cost taxpayers millions of dollars every year. It’s not fair to them that insurance companies charge them unaffordable premiums to get insured, and it’s not fair to us that those companies pass on part of the bill to us in our own premiums. I support a state-controlled insurance exchange paired with expanded Medicaid that will minimize costs and maximize savings."

  • Jobs

"We need to attract secure, well-paying jobs to our region in order to grow our communities and make our neighborhoods better places to raise families. All aspects of my platform feed into this view - we can attract jobs through smart expansion and support for fields such as alternative energy while still maintaining the open spaces we prize."

  • Land Use

"We don't need excessive regulations and overtaxation to use our land efficiently - what we need is policy from Richmond that allows our community to grow on the land it has, and policy that allows families and businesses a fair shot at growing within their means. We also need to keep in mind future growth - what works today might not work tomorrow, and any land use policies need to be made with our community in mind, not just developers and established political interests."

In a submission to Ballotpedia, Johnson outlined the following positions:[3]

"My three top priorities are to improve our transportation situation, defend women's rights and improve our education.The key to solving transportation is to find different ways to help people get out of traffic. We can do this by completing the Silver Line (which will bring over $25 billion in economic development to Loudoun by 2040), improving bus, bike and pedestrian access, and making current bottleneck interchanges more efficient.

"The assault on women's rights in the General Assembly has been outrageous, and my opponent has been at the head of the charge. I will vote to eliminate the transvaginal ultrasound requirement and against all anti-birth control measures. My opponent also voted against allocating $30,000 for birth control screenings because they would be provided by Planned Parenthood - but he was happy to waste money on a study to determine whether Virginia should develop an alternate currency to the dollar.

"In education, Virginia must invest in STEM courses and improve teacher retainment if we are to maintain excellence. We cannot afford to keep shortchanging our education system if we are going to maintain a large, talented, homegrown workforce.

"I chose to run because I do not feel our district is being adequately represented by a Delegate who votes to infringe women's rights and for wasteful, absurd measures such as a feasibility study for an alternative currency to the dollar."

Elections

2013

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Johnson ran in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 10. Johnson ran unopposed in the June 11 Democratic primary. He was defeated by incumbent Randall Minchew (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[5]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 10 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRandall Minchew Incumbent 57% 12,950
     Democratic Monte Johnson 42.8% 9,723
     Other Write-in 0.2% 44
Total Votes 22,717

Race snapshot

See also: 2013 Elections Preview: Some seats may switch parties in the Virginia House of Delegates

On a very good night for Democrats, Johnson may have had a chance to defeat first-term incumbent Randall Minchew (R) in this district, which is mostly in the politically-mixed Loudoun County. However, Presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) still edged President Barack Obama (D) with 51 percent of the vote here in 2012, and Governor Bob McDonnell (R) won with a comfortable 62 percent in 2009.[6][7]

Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Johnson's endorsements included the following:[8][9]

  • AFL-CIO
  • NARAL
  • National Organization for Women
  • Virginia Professional Fire Fighters
  • Evan H. Clark
  • Rollie Winter
  • Kristen Umstattd
  • Dave Butler
  • Evan MacBeth

Personal

Johnson and his wife, Jackie, currently reside in Brambleton, Virginia.

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