Golden Valley Planning Commissioner Andy Johnson has announced his bid for election to the city council in the November Golden Valley City Council election. Two seats on the council will be up for election and are currently held by Joanie Clausen and Steve Schmidgall.
Johnson has spent most of his Golden Valley residency as a volunteer in city government, serving two years on the board of zoning appeals and presently serving his fifth year on the planning commission.
If elected, Johnson plans to host “more frequent and productive” discussions with city officials, residents, and businesses. His priorities will focus on the protection and maintenance of the city’s aging and overused water and sewer lines, and improved ways to get around the city without a car.
He will continue to support modification to the state’s fiscal disparities formula so the city can apply its tax dollars to critical infrastructure maintenance.
Johnson believes his service in small private and large public companies, combined with expertise in highly regulated industries can be immediately applied to the city council. His experience includes 10 years as a U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Officer and Cryptologic Officer, almost 10 years managing claims software for a large provider of crop insurance, and associate director on the TruStone Financial Federal Credit Union Board of Directors.
Johnson and his wife Gabrielle have lived in Golden Valley for 10 years and enjoy biking, supporting local merchants, walking around the city, golfing and visiting with neighbors. He is active in veteran and professional activities.