John­son elected to Den­ton Town Coun­cil

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/Dorch­ester Ed­i­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_S­tarDem.

DEN­TON — Den­ton res­i­dents elected Wal­ter Keith John­son to a five-year term on the town coun­cil dur­ing the town’s elec­tion Tues­day, Nov. 8.

Ac­cord­ing to the Town of Den­ton, John­son gar­nered 117 of the 220 to­tal votes cast by res­i­dents. John­son de­feated Steve Mead who re­ceived 54 votes. Four peo­ple re­ceived write-in votes. Joseph Beales got 36 votes, Yolando Hal­loway re­ceived 10 votes, Aaron Hutt and Chris Fahey each gar­nered one vote and one bal­lot was left blank.

John­son will take over for long­time coun­cilmem­ber Robert Clen­daniel who de­cided to re­tire at the end of his term, leav­ing an open seat for a newcomer.

John­son, a mem­ber of Mary­land State Po­lice, has lived in Den­ton for seven years after serv­ing in the United States Ma­rine Corps.

“As res­i­dent in the com­mu­nity, I have worked as a pa­trol trooper and crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tor,” John­son said. “I have also been a vol­un­teer with Neigh­bors United to Serve (NUTS) since 2008, help­ing to plan, pre­pare and de­liver ap­prox­i­mately 1,100 meals a year.

“I helped plan and spoke at Chris­tian Shield events to bring aware­ness to the heroin epi­demic in Caro­line County,” he said. “I have vol­un­teered with His Hope Haven in Den­ton by pro­vid­ing meals, out­reach and fundrais­ing ef­forts. I am cur­rently serv­ing on the Caro­line Home­less Board.”

John­son said he has been a pub­lic ser­vant for his adult life and re­al­ized the dif­fer­ence a per­son can make by car­ing.

“The Town of Den­ton needs peo­ple will­ing to be dif­fer­ence mak­ers,” he said. “I am ded­i­cated and com­mit­ted to serve Den­ton. I un­der­stand we have lim­ited re­sources but I want to be part of max­i­miz­ing those re­sources.

“My com­mit­ment to serv­ing is an as­set as the coun­cil ad­dresses and over­comes is­sues,” he said. “I will work un­der a per­sonal con­tract in which I am per­son­ally vested, I will work hard and most im­por­tantly serve with in­tegrity.

“I have ex­pe­ri­ence in lead­er­ship roles as a Ma­rine non­com­mis­sioned of­fi­cer and as a sergeant with the Mary­land State Po­lice,” he said. “I have also served as a board mem­ber of a HOA and cur­rently as dea­con at Cal­vary Bap­tist Church. My board ex­pe­ri­ence and for­mal ed­u­ca­tion have pro­vided me with a foun­da­tion in busi­ness op­er­a­tions and fis­cal bud­gets.”

John­son said if elected sev­eral ar­eas he would fo­cus on at the start of his term would be build­ing a bet­ter re­la­tion­ship be­tween the town coun­cil and county com­mis­sion­ers, and work with the Caro­line County Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion to in­cor­po­rate the county’s eco­nomic vi­sion in the town’s vi­sion to en­sure they are com­ple­men­tary, not op­pos­ing. He said he would pro­mote trans­parency and in­volve­ment with the res­i­dents of the town coun­cil.

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