Educator and youth advocate, Jesse Johnson, recently announced his campaign for Federal Way City Council. Johnson intends to challenge incumbent Bob Celski for Position 2.
“Our city has seen unprecedented change and growth in the last several years. It’s time that we had a robust conversation about the future of Federal Way and I believe we need new voices at the table to lead our city through the challenges we face now and the opportunities that lay ahead,” Johnson stated about his decision to run.
A Federal Way resident for over 20 years, Johnson has seen firsthand the impacts of growth, economic booms and busts, and safety concerns have had on the community and the families that live here.
Johnson’s priorities include balancing growth, density, and strong community values; building safe, family-friendly communities; and developing a vibrant and sustainable local economy that retains our local graduates, attracts new employers, and bolsters small business. Additionally, he looks to promote strong housing and transportation options for all and provide access to high-quality education and support to everyone, partnering with school districts and our state legislators to deliver results for students across our community.
“My experience as an educator and working directly with youth gives me a unique perspective. When we discuss the challenges facing our city such as the violence in our neighborhoods or the booming growth and development, I know firsthand that the decisions we make don’t just impact us now – but will shape the future of our city and its residents for decades to come. I want to make sure that our city, our youth, and our businesses can be successful now and 20 years from now,” Johnson explained.
Johnson currently works as a Family and Community Engagement Specialist in South King County, developing programs to increase awareness around post-secondary options and build the capacity of families to navigate the school system. He has served as an educator and mentor at public schools around the region, worked to increase diversity with his alma mater, the University of Washington, and earned his Master’s in Education with a certification in Program Administration. Johnson has also worked for Congressman Adam Smith and former State Senator Tracey Eide.