Manning Mayor Kevin Johnson announced his intentions to file and run for the South Carolina House District 64 seat. Johnson said although his initial thoughts were not to run, he was eventually encouraged by the enormous and overwhelming amount of people who contacted him and asked him to consider running for the position.
“I was eventually persuaded by a number of people that I respect and admire who called or sent messages asking me to run for this house seat,” Johnson said. “The citizens of District 64 received quality service that is second to none from both Alex and Cathy Harvin and I would be honored to continue the tradition of providing the level of services that the constituents expect and deserve.”
Johnson was first elected to Manning City Council in 1994 and was elected as mayor in April 2000. “I am proud of the services that I have provided to the City of Manning and of all of the accomplishments that were made,” Johnson said. “The success that we enjoy is the result of having good people to work with who share the mission and vision that we have for our community.”
Mayor Johnson is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and Marketing. He is a member of the 1995 class of Leadership South Carolina and the 2006 Class of the South Carolina Executive Institute. He has been accepted to the Spring 2011 Session of the Diversity Leaders Institute, a six months leadership program sponsored by the Riley Institute of Furman University. Upon graduating from college, Johnson began his career with the South Carolina Department of Revenue and currently serves as Regional Manager of the Florence and Myrtle Beach Region.
Johnson has served on numerous boards and commissions throughout the State of South Carolina. He served twelve years on the Clarendon School District 2 board as well as the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce and the Harvin Clarendon County Library Boards. He is a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church where he serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Mayor Johnson is the President of the Municipal Association of South Carolina. MASC represents all of the municipalities in South Carolina and he has the distinction of being the longest serving president in the history of the association.
“I feel that I am uniquely qualified to be successful as a state legislator mainly because of my education and the various experiences that I bring to this position,” Johnson said. “I am excited to have this opportunity to run and pledge to the citizens to devote 100 percent of my effort to the State of South Carolina and the people of House District 64.”
Johnson is the son of Sallie M. Johnson and the late Willie L. Johnson. He is married to the former Gloria Richardson and they are the parents of three children, Kimberly, Kenneth and Kyndra.