Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Otis Johnson

Honorable Otis Samuel Johnson

Assumed office 

November 2003
Preceded byFloyd Adams, Jr.

Political partyDemocratic
Alma materA.E. Beach High School [1]

Armstrong Junior College[1]

University of Georgia[1]

Clark Atlanta University[1]

Brandeis University[1]
Websiteofficial site

Otis Samuel Johnson is a politician from Georgia, U.S. and, as of September 2007, the current Mayor of Savannah. He is a Democrat.


[edit] Background

Mayor Johnson is a Savannah native who graduated from A.E. Beach High School in 1960, Armstrong Junior College (now Armstrong Atlantic State University) in 1964 (the first African American to graduate from that school) and the University of Georgia (A.B.) in 1967. [1] He served from 1959 to 1965 in the U.S. Naval Reserve. In 1969, he earned a master's degree in social work from Clark Atlanta University and, in 1980, he received his Ph.D. from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. [1]

Before becoming mayor, Johnson worked for the Economic Opportunity Authority, Model Cities Program, and Savannah State University. From 1983 until 1988, he served as the City Council Representative from the second district of Savannah. He then became the Executive Director of the Chatham Savannah Youth Futures Authority. [1]

[edit] Political career

[edit] City Alderman

Johnson served as the Alderman of predominantly Black District #2 in Savannah from 1982 to 1988. He resigned in 1988 to accept a position as Executive Director of the Chatham Savannah Youth Futures Authority. [2]

[edit] County Board of Education

In 1999, he began a four-year term on the Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education.

[edit] Mayor

In November 2003, Johnson was elected to a four-year term as Mayor of Savannah against two-term Alderman Pete Liakakis (Democrat), and four other candidates. He took office in January 2004.

In April 2005, Mayor Johnson publicly challenged Savannah's African American community to begin a concerted effort to address the city's high crime rate, especially in predominantly black neighborhoods of the city. Johnson stressed that criminal acts in Savannah were often perpetrated by young African American males on their own community, and he called a series of well-attended town meetings to address the problem.

On April 2, 2007, Johnson announced he would seek reelection to the office of Mayor. His second campaign is similar to the first in that he is focused on neighborhood improvement, crime reduction, poverty reduction and providing more affordable housing. While campaigning, Johnson announced that Savannah had been declared a Preserve America city by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. [3]

On November 6, 2007, Johnson beat a field of 5 other candidates to win a second term as Mayor. Johnson got 12,826 votes. His nearest competitor got 2,359 votes.

Johnson endorsed candidate Barack Obama in the presidential election of 2008. [4]

[edit] Personal life

In 2006, Otis Johnson was hospitalized after he had a heart attack while attending a black mayor's conference. While he was away from City Hall for weeks, he made a full recovery. [5]

[edit] Electoral history

Mayor of Savannah, 2003

Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, November 4, 2003

CandidateAffiliation [6]SupportOutcome
Pete LiakakisDemocratic34%Runoff
Otis JohnsonDemocratic33%Runoff
Frank RossiterDemocratic17%Defeated
Dicky MopperRepublican16%Defeated

Second Ballot, November 25, 2003

Otis JohnsonDemocratic51%Elected
Pete LiakakisDemocratic49%Defeated

Mayor of Savannah, 2007

Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, November 6, 2007

Otis JohnsonDemocratic12,826 (70%)Elected
Floyd Adams, Jr.Democratic2,359 (13%)Defeated
John McMastersRepublican2,205 (12%)Defeated
Othersn/a1,023 (5%)Defeated

[edit] Footnotes

[edit] External links

Political offices
Preceded by

Floyd Adams, Jr. (Democrat)
Mayor of Savannah

Succeeded by


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