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Darryl S. Johnson, Democrat for Waller County Commissioner, Precinct 3

Featured: Darryl S. Johnson, Democrat for Waller County Commissioner, Precinct 3.
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Darryl S. Johnson, a legislative consultant with more than 30 years experience in the Texas Legislature and in Congress, says that as Waller County Commissioner, he would use his leadership skills and influential friends in the business and political corridors of power to benefit all voters in his precinct. Johnson, a Prairie View businessman, has filed for Precinct 3 Waller County Commissioner, calling himself “the only true Democrat” with a proven record of working for small business owners, university students, working families – people from all-walks-of-life. “Waller County, and especially Precinct 3, are blessed with the brainpower, willpower, and staying power to become a regional and statewide leader in higher education, economic development, tourism, and job creation,” said Johnson. “But we need someone with know-how, vision, and abilities to help us achieve a higher level of greatness.” The father of two daughters, Johnson said his campaign slogan reflects his honest approach to the challenges and opportunities in Waller County: “We have a lot of work to do.” Among his many strategies, Johnson said he would work closely with state and federal lawmakers to identify sources of funding from Austin and Washington, D.C., and secure millions of dollars for vital programs in Precinct 3, ranging from more money for transportation needs to filing state legislation to expand Prairie View A&M University. “I know where to look at our state capitol and our nation’s capitol for the financial resources we deserve in order to improve our economy, to create more jobs, to serve and protect our families and our future,” he said. “I know how the complicated systems work in the Texas Legislature and in Congress, and I will make them work for all of us in Precinct 3. No other candidate can deliver for us like I will.” Johnson said that he also would fight for programs that would provide needed financial and health care resources for senior citizens. “Older Texans have made a lifetime of contributions to our nation, and it is a sacred obligation of our society to help those who need it in their retirement years,” he said. “One of the actions I will take as a Waller County Commissioner is to set up town hall meetings with all constituents, including sessions specifically with senior citizens, not only to hear their concerns, but especially to learn from their wisdom what I can do to better serve them.” He also pledged to continue building the public’s trust in the Precinct 3 office by always meeting with constituents and being accessible and visible. “I will be the type of county commissioner who not only has an open door policy to my constituents, but more than that, I will always be out in my precinct visiting with residents,” said Johnson. “I won’t be a politician who you only see and hear around election time.” During his career, Johnson has worked for elected leaders in the U.S. Congress, Texas Governor’s Office, and Texas Legislature, and was a key consultant in 2010 for the Texas gubernatorial campaign of multi-billionaire Farouk Shami of Houston. He has also worked with state agencies such as the Secretary of State, Texas Department of Insurance, Texas Water Development Board, and Texas Water Commission. Among his community service roles, Johnson served as a Waller County representative to the Houston- Galveston Area Council, a regional organization through which local governments consider issues and cooperate in solving area wide problems, and served on the Waller County Airport Commission when the region was developing the idea for an airport in Katy. “Precinct 3 deserves someone with the abilities to address the Captains of Industry and the Titans of Politics, and partner with them to shape the laws, policies, and business decisions that will lead to prosperity for our region,” Johnson said. “What I have learned from decades of working with the Powers-that-Be is to always let them know that we have what it takes for them and us to succeed.”

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Darryl S. Johnson, Democrat for Waller County Commissioner, Precinct 3, says his proven leadership skills and powerful allies in Austin and Washington, D.C. will help all local voters

By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Legislativemedia@aol.com

Darryl S. Johnson, a legislative consultant with more than 30 years experience in the Texas Legislature and in Congress, says that as Waller County Commissioner, he would use his leadership skills and influential friends in the business and political corridors of power to benefit all voters in his precinct.

Johnson, a Prairie View businessman, has filed for Precinct 3 Waller County Commissioner, calling himself “the only true Democrat” with a proven record of working for small business owners, university students, working families – people from all-walks-of-life.

“Waller County, and especially Precinct 3, are blessed with the brainpower, willpower, and staying power to become a regional and statewide leader in higher education, economic development, tourism, and job creation,” said Johnson. “But we need someone with know-how, vision, and abilities to help us achieve a higher level of greatness.”

The father of two daughters, Johnson said his campaign slogan reflects his honest approach to the challenges and opportunities in Waller County: “We have a lot of work to do.”

Among his many strategies, Johnson said he would work closely with state and federal lawmakers to identify sources of funding from Austin and Washington, D.C., and secure millions of dollars for vital programs in Precinct 3, ranging from more money for transportation needs to filing state legislation to expand Prairie View A&M University.

“I know where to look at our state capitol and our nation’s capitol for the financial resources we deserve in order to improve our economy, to create more jobs, to serve and protect our families and our future,” he said. “I know how the complicated systems work in the Texas Legislature and in Congress, and I will make them work for all of us in Precinct 3. No other candidate can deliver for us like I will.”

Johnson said that he also would fight for programs that would provide needed financial and health care resources for senior citizens.

“Older Texans have made a lifetime of contributions to our nation, and it is a sacred obligation of our society to help those who need it in their retirement years,” he said. “One of the actions I will take as a Waller County Commissioner is to set up town hall meetings with all constituents, including sessions specifically with senior citizens, not only to hear their concerns, but especially to learn from their wisdom what I can do to better serve them.”

He also pledged to continue building the public’s trust in the Precinct 3 office by always meeting with constituents and being accessible and visible.

“I will be the type of county commissioner who not only has an open door policy to my constituents, but more than that, I will always be out in my precinct visiting with residents,” said Johnson. “I won’t be a politician who you only see and hear around election time.”

During his career, Johnson has worked for elected leaders in the U.S. Congress, Texas Governor’s Office, and Texas Legislature, and was a key consultant in 2010 for the Texas gubernatorial campaign of multi-billionaire Farouk Shami of Houston.

He has also worked with state agencies such as the Secretary of State, Texas Department of Insurance, Texas Water Development Board, and Texas Water Commission.

Among his community service roles, Johnson served as a Waller County representative to the Houston- Galveston Area Council, a regional organization through which local governments consider issues and cooperate in solving area wide problems, and served on the Waller County Airport Commission when the region was developing the idea for an airport in Katy.

“Precinct 3 deserves someone with the abilities to address the Captains of Industry and the Titans of Politics, and partner with them to shape the laws, policies, and business decisions that will lead to prosperity for our region,” Johnson said. “What I have learned from decades of working with the Powers-that-Be is to always let them know that we have what it takes for them and us to succeed.”

Included in his extensive legislative staff experiences are positions with Rep. Fred L. Blair of Dallas, Rep. Garfield W. Thompson of Ft. Worth, Rep. Larry Evans of Houston, and Rep. Roberto Gutiérrez of McAllen.

While serving on the staff for Evans, Johnson was the Director for the Legislative Black Caucus in the Texas House of Representatives.

His knowledge of the executive branch of Texas government was shaped by his employment with three Texas Secretary of States – John Fainter, Myra McDaniel, and Jack Raines. He also served as an intern for Gov. Dolph Briscoe and was on the staff for Gov. Mark White.

In Washington, D.C., Johnson worked for Congressman Craig Washington and Congressman Charles Wilson.

As a registered lobbyist, he had an extensive list of clients, including The Association of General Contractors, the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Consulting Engineers Council, The Outdoor Advertising Association, the Texas Automobile Dealers Association, Progressive Insurance, Met Life, USAA, and GEICO.

Johnson’s community work includes establishing a monthly men’s breakfast program at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Prairie View, a men’s Christmas caroling group that sings to the elderly, sick and shut-in; and a college ministry program.

He attended The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&I, now Texas A&M Kingsville.

Johnson has called Prairie View home for 15 years and has two children: Ursula is a junior at Columbia University and Amanda is a high school sophomore.

More information about Johnson is available online at:

https://www.facebook.com/Darryl-Johnson-for-Waller-County-Commissioner-Pct-3-441656646022835/

ABOUT WALLER COUNTY

Waller County is part of the Houston metro area and the nine counties that comprise the Houston MSA, according to the Waller County Economic Development Partnership.

Adjacent to the west side of Harris County, Waller County offers the best in a wholesome rural lifestyle, complete with the world famous Texas Bluebonnets, while at the same time, the region is just a short commute from the nation’s fourth largest city.

This combination offers residents a quality lifestyle and businesses a great opportunity for growth. Houston is one of the most dynamic regions in the country with one of the largest and most educated workforces in the nation. As a part of the region, Waller County Economic Development Partnership works closely with groups like the Greater Houston Partnership to help create opportunities throughout the area.

The two major population centers in Precinct 3 are Prairie View and Monaville, with the rest of the precinct featuring agricultural interests. Prairie View A&M University, which is part of the Texas A&M System, and Waller ISD and Hempstead ISD serve Precinct 3.

UNIVERSITY CITY ANCHORS PRECINCT 3

Prairie View is home to Prairie View A&M University, the second oldest public institution for higher learning education in Texas and a world-class institution in research, teaching and service.

Prairie View A&M’s enrollment now exceeds 8,000 including more than 2,000 graduate students. Students come from throughout the United States as well as many foreign countries. In the last five years, 5,970 degrees were awarded, including more than 2,400 graduate degrees, according to its website. During the university’s 130-year history, some 46,000 academic degrees have been awarded.

The City of Prairie View is located in Waller County, northwest of the metropolis Houston, which the 4th largest city in the country. With a 2010 U.S. Census Bureau estimate population of 5,500, Prairie View is a rural suburban community positioned for growth, also according to the Waller County Economic Development Partnership.

Conveniently located and easy to access, the City of Prairie View connects to Texas. Situated at the intersection of U.S. Highway 290/Texas Highway 6 and University Drive (FM 1098), the City of Prairie is centered in one of the largest agricultural producing areas of the world. There are miles of open country space. In addition, Prairie View has a commercial passenger bus terminal that is centrally located in the city.

In December 2010, the City of Prairie View was named One of Best Cities to Raise your Family by Bloomberg Business Weekly.

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Political information provided by Darryl Johnson Campaign, Sylvia Cedillo, Treasurer, P.O.Box 356, Prairie View, Texas 77446.

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