The Johnson-Sims-Taylor trio sweeps neighborhoods; Sohovich Remains in Burke County School Board | Local News
Of the seven candidates vying for the two Western seats, Johnson won 4,991 votes, or 28.02% of the votes cast. Sohovich received 3,080 votes (17.29%), exactly 100 points ahead of Hunt (2,980 votes; 16.73%). Rhonda Ensley (2,560; 14.37%), Katherine Magnotta (1,817; 10.20%), Randy Fox (1,767; 9.92%) and Robert Brown (565; 3.17%) completed the order in the battle of the crowded West.
“I’m very excited. I’m really shocked that the county has confidence in me so much,” Johnson said. “I appreciate him and look forward to serving and working for them.”
When Sohovich was appointed by the board to fill the unexpired term earlier this year, Johnson was one of many others who submitted letters of interest. Now he has been elected by the people.
“It’s more important than this particular appointment then,” Johnson said. “The fact that people speak for you, the trust and faith they have in you is just overwhelming.”
Johnson, well known in the community as a North Carolina State Highway Patrol soldier, has recognized that joining the board will be a “learning process,” but some of the things he wants to accomplish are get many contributions from the public and continue to improve what he described as an already good school system. And, of course, he’ll have a say in the monthly mask decisions.