(July 24, 2018) … Citing the realities of politics in Horry County, Heather Johnson announced today that she has withdrawn from the November election. The timing of her decision removes her name from the ballot and virtually guarantees that Ken Richardson will become the next Chairman of the Horry County Board of Education. Johnson cited three reasons for her decision.
“First, I tend to be both a social and fiscal conservative – but I filed as a Democrat believing that I would have a better chance to make my case and discuss the issues against a single opponent in November than in a crowded primary in July,” Johnson explained. “Because I am not a politician, I was naïve in that, even if voters on both sides of the isle favor my candidacy, “Straight-Ticket Voting” (pushing the “R”) assures a Republican victory in November.” No Democrat has won a County-wide race in more than a quarter century.
Johnson added that she believes that party affiliation should not be a factor when running for or voting on school board positions.
“Secondly, dragging this decision out another 4 months only delays the inevitable coronation of Ken Richardson as Chairman.” she emphasized. “I have personally offered my assistance to Ken to serve as a liaison concerning teacher insight and student needs. I’m hopeful that the Board and Mr. Richardson can find a way to begin working together immediately. Our children deserve no less.”
“Finally, I didn’t enter this race to gain political power or notoriety,” she added. “I did it because I’m a mother and a former teacher and I am concerned that we are losing a generation of young Americans. Communication skills, fundamental manners, self-value and authentic respect for others are items that are being lost in today’s fast-paced digital society. I want to use my time, money and energy efficiently to champion change on this front.”
Johnson was born and raised in Horry County. Upon receiving a scholarship to Temple University, Johnson moved to Philadelphia, PA. She concluded a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with outstanding honors and in the top 8% of her graduating class of over 7,500 students.
Staying true to her roots, returning to South Carolina, Johnson went on to complete a Master’s degree in Education from Francis Marion University. With dual-certification in Special Education as well as Business Education, Johnson served as a teacher for 5 years.