By Paul Gable
A native of Conway and longtime attorney in the local area, Jeff Johnson is a candidate for the S.C. House District 58 seat.
Johnson has deep roots in District 58, having graduated from Conway High School and Coastal Carolina University before establishing his law practice in Conway after graduating from Mississippi College Law School in Jackson, Mississippi.
“I grew up in the district, have a lot of family and friends in the district and believe I understand the needs of the residents of the district,” Johnson said. “Helping people has been my life’s work and I want to continue to help the people of my community as the representative for House District 58.”
Johnson represents mostly individuals with a few small businesses included in his legal practice.
“The majority of my practice is civil law,” he said. “Horry County has grown significantly in my lifetime. When you have a lot of people, legal issues arise, especially in the contractual area.”
Johnson said economic development, especially in the agricultural resources area, is an important issue for him.
“Since the tobacco buyout, farmers in my area have struggled to make a profit,” he said. “Fields that used to be cultivated are now being allowed to sit vacant. I want to see what we can do at the state level to help farmers make a decent living.”
Getting more businesses into the Aynor Industrial Park also interests Johnson.
We have had a few businesses move into the industrial park recently, but there is still space for more and we need the jobs in this area of the county,” Johnson said.
Johnson is a proponent of less government regulation in order to help small businesses, but he supports more funding for law enforcement in the area of internet services.
“We have seen just how open the internet is and we must do all we can to protect personal information from being stolen by those inclined to do so,” Johnson said.
Securing a future for the next generation is important to Johnson. His wife, Tammy, is a teacher at Whittemore Park Middle School. The couple has three small children ages 6, 4 and 3.
He would support economic development initiatives to help diversify the economy of the local area.
“My family has deep roots in the area and I want my children to be able to find a good job and live here if they desire,” Johnson said. “I want to do what I can so good jobs are available here in the future.”
“I am excited to look forward to serving the citizens of House District 58 in Columbia,” Johnson said.