Timothy B Johnson
House Representative District 42 in MI http://www.tbj4mihouse.com
6496 Lake Breeze Drive
Primary Election Date: 2014-08-05 General Election Date: 2014-11-04
Who am I?
My name is Tim Johnson. I moved to Livingston County in June 2012. Previously to settling down here in Genoa Township, my wife and I were living in exile in North Carolina from 2009—2012. My wife and I are both born and raised Michiganders—she from Northville and Brighton and me Down River in Taylor.
My wife still has family on Ore Lake who have lived there since 1920 or so. She moved to Brighton in 1975 with her parents to Briggs Lake. She finished her junior year at Northville and graduated Brighton High School.
I am originally from Taylor, a graduate of Harry S. Truman High School, known today as Taylor Truman. Since graduating from high school, I have had numerous jobs and traveled around the country to have a better understanding of how people of various cultures and socio-economic status interact within their communities.
Like the opening lines of The River written by Bruce Springsteen:
I come from down in the valley where mister when you're young They bring you up to do like your daddy done
I started out my adult career in the local steel mill where my father had worked nearly 30 years. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, fore me, the American steel industry was in the final stages of collapse, and my first career ended before it even got started 4 years later.
At the age of 22, unemployed and with no desire to return to college, I headed to Williamsburg, Virginia and joined 11 other restless souls for a 5,000 miles Trans-America bicycle tour. We left Virginia on May 17. We were designated TAE-517. That was Trans-America EAST (the coast from which we started) and the departure date May 17. For the next 3 months, the 12 of us rode through some of the most beautiful sights you can see in this country. We also had some frightening moments as well. But if you ever want to see America, the real down to Earth, get your hands filthy America, get out of your cars, off the super-slabs and spend some time on the blue roads of this country. If you think you do not have the time to go national, try it at the state or even local level sometime, you will be impressed by how your neighbors really live, what they think and what they really believe.
Why am I running?
Mostly, I am TIRED of the mentality that says if we are not able to provide for our family—get a second job. Tired of the attitude that says work harder for better pay while those at the top hardly work and reap outlandish six-figure salaries and life long benefits.
1. Tired of being told we need GOD in our schools and BIBLICAL Law instituted in our communities. I believe everyone has the RIGHT to worship as they believe. I believe no one religion has the right to attack another, I believe no one religion has the right to dictate policy and I believe no one religion has the right to SHAME others.
2. Tired of the ludicrous arguments against ANY form of gun control. I am a LIFETIME member of the NRA. I believe STRONGLY in the SECOND AMENDMENT and that it is just as relevant today as it was when our founding fathers wrote the BILL OF RIGHTS. That being said, TOO MANY of us are dying at the hands of zealots who should have never had a weapon in the first place. I believe there is Constitutional precedence for civilians to have appropriate weapons for recreation, hunting and defense. IT IS TIME WE HAD A SERIOUS TALK ABOUT RESTRICTING ACCESS TO WEAPONS BY THOSE INTENT ON KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE.
3. Tired of those who have no stake in the decision telling women what to do with their bodies, how it should be done and when they are allowed to do it. Women have the right to make decisions that affect their lives. Religion has no place influencing policy that restricts a woman’s right to chose or access ANY medical related services. Government has no right being influenced by third party interests when legislation is being considered that is intended simply as a burden prevent women from access services which have been ruled as a RIGHT of ALL women by SCOTUS. Roe v. Wade was not the beginning of abortions; it was the END of women dying from abortions.
My DFA Values
Without PEOPLE involvement, we have nothing. Actually, without people involvement we have our current system. To be successful, I will need to convinvge the populas they have the power if only they exercise the will, to change the system. We must come together in a common stand against our biggest problems---Corporate personhood and the impostion of others' will to control oppostunities and choice. We must prevent fear from dictating our choices and preventing us from access our liberties. The Constitution was written to peovide assurances that we will continue to have security without sacrificing liberty. We cannot continue to trade our rights for what is being sold to us as protection from outsiders.
My Campaign is People Powered!
I am reaching out to my community via personal interactions. I am attending meetings and asking questions to familiarize myself with the municipal mindset and asking people why they believe what they believe. By accentuating the familiar and high-lighting commonalities, we can assemble a grassroots movement that will bring about change due to the sheer size and influence of its members.