POWDERSVILLE — Brad Johnson has already had an impact in helping to grow the Powdersville community but he’s recently decided to take his involvement one step further — by tossing his hat into the race for state Senate.
Following the appointment of Kevin Bryant as lieutenant governor, a special election has been called to fill Bryant’s (now empty) seat for District 3, covering the northern part of Anderson County.
“I never thought about running before, but more and more people kept saying I should do it,” said Johnson. “I’m not a politician — I don’t even like the term ‘politician’ — but I realized what it was was a chance for me to get in there and really help. That’s what I want to do, I want to help.”
Johnson, who has never held an elected position before, will face a large field at the ballot box for the April 11 primary as seven other candidates will vie for the Republican spot. Dean Allen, Corey N. Bott, Don Bowen, Carol Burdette, Richard Cash, James Galyean and John Tucker have all filed.
“Powdersville is a great community — and it’s growing fast — but there’s stuff to be done. Look at Dolly Cooper, you want to talk about a disaster? That’s a disaster,” said Johnson. “We’ve got kids from PLAY that are playing on fields in Easley because we don’t have a place for them. There’s so much red tape and regulations that you can’t get anything done.”
Rather than make a bunch of campaign promises, Johnson decided to just run on his record of past accomplishments.
“My first development project was on 153, the current Little Caesar’s location,” he said. “With partners, I brought in 11 other businesses to the area. I think at this point Powdersville is probably the largest unincorporated community in Anderson County and I’d like to think I’ve played a part in that.”
In addition to being a broker at Re/Max Commercial advisors, Johnson has also been in law enforcement for over 28 years working as both a Greenville County reserve deputy and a S.C. State Constable.
“Almost every problem can be solved — or at the very least de-escalated — just by talking. If you speak to someone, learn their concerns, you’re going to be in a much better position to help them. That’s true for law enforcement and I think it’s true in politics too.”
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