|Political Profile: Daniel Johnson|
|Written by Adam Hicks|
|Monday, 27 October 2008 08:31|
We are now just over a week until Election Day, and we’ll shift our focus to the United States Congressional candidates.
Running against incumbent 10th District House Representative, Patrick McHenry, is Democrat, Daniel Johnson.
Johnson is a Catawba County native, a highly-decorated Navy veteran, and a former felony prosecutor.
Johnson is the son of a minister and a public school teacher.
After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Johnson began his service as an officer in the United States Navy. While serving near South Korea, Johnson risked his life to save a fellow serviceman.
Johnson and the sailor survived, but Johnson lost both of his legs below the knee. Johnson received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, the highest peacetime medal for heroism.
Johnson then worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Senator Max Cleland of Georgia.
After working in Washington, Johnson enrolled in law school at UNC.
Johnson is now an attorney in his hometown of Hickory. He and his wife, Creecy, are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Hickory, and have a four-month old daughter.
Johnson believes as a nation, we must work to use renewable energy sources, said mistakes were made when we began the war in Iraq, but said he wants to leave as quickly and safely as possible when the Iraqi government stabilizes, and wants to lower taxes and cut spending.
Johnson, who is 31 years old, said his youth doesn’t affect his ability to lead.
Johnson said, “I assure you that experiences that I’ve had over the past 31 years have aged me well beyond my years. They’ve given me the maturity, the character, and the experience to be an effective representative for you in Washington.”
North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District covers Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Lincoln and Mitchell counties, along with parts of Gaston, Iredell and Rutherford counties.
As Election Day gets closer and closer, your local election headquarters, GoBlueRidge.Net, will continue to keep you informed about the local candidates.
GoBlueRidge.Net will also have live election coverage on November 4th.
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