All About John

EDUCATION-- I will work to see that our children get the meaningful high-quality education they deserve in grades K-12.  This means we must provide safe, modern and fully staffed schools in which teachers are fairly paid and instructional excellence is the norm. It means that internet service is provided to areas where it does not now exist.

Jobs – I will work to redirect economic development to areas, such as our District 16, that have been neglected.  I will also work to restore the Film industry and bring new businesses to North Carolina. This will result in new jobs and higher wages. The impact of new business will contribute to our tax base and lessen our tax & fee burden locally.

Environment – I will work to protect our beaches, wetlands, fisheries, estuaries and       safe drinking water.  I will support new parks and recreational facilities.  I will oppose off-shore drilling and support renewable energy technologies.


I’m John Johnson and I’m running for State Representative for District 16, which includes Pender County and now a portion of Columbus County.

I am a native of Pender County. I live in Burgaw and graduated from Pender High School. I attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the Military College of South Carolina in Charleston and have an MBA.  I have two beautiful and accomplished daughters, Lauren and Elise.  Lauren is an officer in the Navy and Elise is an art director in NYC. I have a Pomeranian puppy who is my excellent traveling companion.

I know from personal experience how dedicated, hard working, self-sacrificing and resilient the average American is and what s/he can achieve when given the opportunity.

Both my parents were children of the Great Depression and were a young married couple during World War II.  They lived through long periods of scarcity and uncertainty, as was common for everyone in this community during that time. Prosperity was a distant promise.   Yet people got by through hard work, saving their money and helping each other. 

After the war, the mood changed in North Carolina.  The advent of post-war prosperity brought the notion that anything seemed possible. We owe much to our parents and grandparents for their strength, for the values they taught us, for the example of their remarkable optimism and perseverance during the hard times and finally for showing us what can be accomplished even in challenging time.  

I saw this on a small scale and experienced it right here - in Burgaw.  

My earliest memories are of walking in front of the brand-new grocery store my parents built at 115 Fremont Street. I recall walking past the shiny new rippled aluminum exterior of the store and hearing the thump-thump-thump sound of my fingers passing over it. I recall pushing through the heavy steel and glass doors and feeling the cool air of the air conditioning inside on a hot summer day.  I recall marveling at the beautiful marque awning lit with its long florescent lights in the evenings.  I remember the employees in the store: Mr. Eddie Patram, Mr. Manley Blackburn, Mr. Parsigan, Mr. Marvin Ives, and Mrs. Mary Huffam.  Many years later, I recognize to what extent this was an ambitious project for my parents.   As young entrepreneurs, this was not without worry, concern, and financial risk for them.  But, it was an investment in and belief in this community, where they attended church, and where they raised their children - me and my two sisters.

Similarly, I acknowledge the investment the people of Pender County made in me through public education.  That investment paved the way for me to get accepted into a good public college, get hired into good jobs and later earn a MBA. That led to a wonderful career with AT&T lasting 30 years. 

Now that I have returned home, it is my intent to invest my energy into public service and repay the community’s investment in me by using my education, experience and energy for the benefit of the people of my community.  

I have found that there is not a wide gap in what democrats, republicans and unaffiliated folks want.  We all want good education for our kids.  We all want clean water and a safe environment, we all want a fair chance to earn a good living without too much interference and we all want good government.

To accomplish these shared goals:

I intend to protect and expand the educational opportunities for a new generation of young people so that they too may be successful and productive in interesting careers, and so that they too will be inclined to repay their community for its support.

I intend to work to craft wise bi-partisan legislation that protects and expands the opportunities for our local businesses and develops new entrepreneurs who will create jobs in Pender and Columbus Counties.

I am dedicated to preserving and protecting the beautiful natural resources that make Pender and Columbus Counties places we enjoy and where tourists want to visit and return to year after year.  

Lastly, I intend to continue my education by listening to the citizens of Pender and Columbus Counties and working to solve their problems in a reasonable bipartisan effort in Raleigh.  Type your paragraph here.


Dr. Kyle Horton is an emerging national leader on veteran advocacy, public health and environmental policy. She is a board certified Internal Medicine physician with a Masters of Business Administration. Dr. Kyle’s unique combination of training and experience has enabled her to envision a future for North Carolina’s 7th District that provides good-paying jobs while preserving the health and wellness of American families.

Dr. Kyle was raised in a family with a long history of service in the United States Armed Forces. She continued her family’s legacy of service as an instructor of medical residents at the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, where she served veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom at the VA’s post-deployment clinic. There she helped train the next generation of V.A. physicians to address the myriad physical and emotional issues facing our returning heroes.

Now Dr. Kyle is running for the U. S. Congress in North Carolina’s 7th District to help shape an economy that rewards hard work and prioritizes healthy families over corporate profits. At every turn in her career, Dr. Kyle has sided with American families over special interests that benefit the billionaire elite.

Dr. Kyle began her advocacy for American families as a fierce fighter for veterans, especially in the area of mental health. She worked alongside veterans advocacy groups on Capitol Hill for passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. She pressed on to champion legislation and policies addressing opiate safety, military sexual trauma, women veteran suicide prevention, and veterans’ burn pit exposures.

Armed with the belief that healthcare is a right of all persons, Dr. Kyle again stood with American families when she led a Save Our Health Care Rally in Raleigh with Congressman David Price. The rally was recognized by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow for its poignant message and demonstration of political courage. Later, Kyle rededicated her commitment to mental health parity as a planner and speaker at a Behavioral Health Faith Summit in Greensboro, attended by more than 300 community members, and recognized for innovation by leaders in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Kyle stepped to the fore of the fight against offshore drilling after the death of a member of her extended family in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Her passion for justice and commitment to fairness was recognized by a large coalition of environmental groups, which selected Dr. Kyle to lead meetings with the White House and deliver over 2 million comments opposing offshore drilling to Administration officials. Their collective efforts successfully defeated offshore drilling plans in the Atlantic. She has also spoken out on issues related to environmental justice as someone who graduated high school in Flint, MI and having witnessed the devastation of her family’s farm in Appalachia from strip mining.

Anita Earls has worked passionately for 30 years protecting civil rights, voting rights, fighting for families, and advocating for fair political processes:

Founder and Executive Director, Southern Coalition for Social Justice (Durham, NC; 2007-2017)
Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Clinton administration (Washington, D.C.; 1998-2000)
Director, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Washington, D.C.; 2000-2003)
Civil rights attorney at North Carolina’s first integrated law firm, Ferguson, Stein, Wallas, Adkins, Gresham & Sumter (Charlotte, NC; 1988-1998)

A Yale Law School grad, Anita’s long civil rights litigation career is crowned by two recent important wins for allNorth Carolinians:

Covington v. North Carolina, in which the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously affirmed that the state’s legislative district maps were unconstitutional racial gerrymanders, and a lower court ordered those districts redrawn by a nonpartisan Special Master
League of Women Voters v. Rucho, in which a three judge federal panel ruled that the state’s U.S. congressional district maps are unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders. The case is currently under appeal. 
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