Husband, Father, Public School Teacher
Brandon Johnson is a husband and father who is raising his family on the Westside of Chicago in the Austin neighborhood. Brandon and Stacie have been married for 19 years and have three children: Owen, Ethan, and Braedyn.
Born and raised in a working class community. Brandon is one of ten children, growing up with a host of cousins and foster siblings. His father Pastor Andrew Johnson, a retired state public employee and mother Wilma ‘Jean’ Johnson, served as leaders in the Church of God in Christ.
Brandon has been a public servant for nearly 20 years. After working his way through college, Brandon taught social studies and reading in Chicago Public Schools at Jenner Academy Elementary and Westinghouse College Prep. It was at Jenner Elementary School, in the Cabrini-Green neighborhood that Brandon’s passion and commitment to social and economic justice peaked. While his students were bright, energetic and full of promise, they lived in a neighborhood struggling to survive under the weight of poverty and high levels of unemployment and violence.
After his experiences at Jenner & Westinghouse, Brandon was in search of opportunities that would not only help him positively impact his student’s school communities but their families and neighborhoods. In 2011 Brandon joined the resurgent Chicago Teachers Union as an organizer. Brandon helped to organize the monumental 2012 CTU strike and fought against the onslaught of closings and privatization in Black and Latinx schools. In 2015 Brandon led field campaigns that forced an historic mayoral runoff and 18 aldermanic runoffs in the city of Chicago. Most recently, Brandon has coordinated coalition campaigns with parent and community organizations to pass state legislation for an elected representative school board, stronger oversight of private charter operators, restoring collective bargaining rights for teachers and an elimination of tax breaks and slush funds for the 1%.
Brandon is running to become the next County Commissioner in the 1 st District to fight for the poor, to protect working families, and ease the burden on middle class families. Brandon knows first-hand the need for a men and women to have jobs and access to quality healthcare. As a youth, Brandon watched his mother lose her battle with heart disease after his father lost his job and the family’s heathcare. Without a quality safety net, Brandon’s mother was unable to access the healthcare she needed.
When budgets are balanced on the backs of our county’s most vulnerable populations, all of our communities lose. Our communities lose access to affordable healthcare. Our families lose the confidence of living in safe neighborhoods. Our families need to believe their elected officials have their backs. For too long, our elected leaders have over-burdened our working and middle class families while turning a blind eye to wealthy, well-connected corporations who can afford to pay more. Brandon wants to make that everyone in the county is paying their fair share.
When elected as your next County Commissioner in the 1 st District, I am committed to putting the residents of the 1 st District to work. The best antidote to the despair in too many of our neighborhoods is a W-2. I will work to ensure that men and women have jobs that pay a livable wage so they can care for their families. I will work to ensure that healthcare is not a privilege but a right. I will fight for progressive revenue to stabilize our county budget. I will not watch another budget season where the leadership of our county makes choices that harm people and let’s wealthy-well connected corporations off the hook. As the next County Commissioner of the 1 st District, I will protect domestic violence services and make healthcare accessible and affordable.
We deserve safe, well resourced neighborhoods. We deserve healthcare services. We deserve to have opportunities to earn a livable wage. I am running for County Commissioner of the 1 st District to help us get what we deserve.
Brandon holds a B.A. in Human Services, Youth Development Programming and Management and a M.A. in Teaching from Aurora University. He is a member of Lawndale Community Church on the Westside and serves on the boards of Arise Chicago and The Firehouse Community Arts Center. Brandon enjoys studying history and religion and is a huge baseball fan.
Brandon enjoys studying history and religion. Brandon is an avid booster of little league baseball and hopes to bring a robust, well-funded league to the Westside. Outside of his wedding day and the birth of his three children, the Cubs winning the World Series was the happiest day of his life.
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