Johnson elected to Denton Town Council
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.