Brandon Johnson is a husband and father who is raising his family on the west side of Chicago in the Austin neighborhood. Brandon and Stacie Johnson have been married for 19 years and have three children: Owen, Ethan and Braedyn. After 20 years as a teacher in Chicago Public Schools, he joined the Chicago Teachers' Union as an organizer. He is running to fight for the poor, protect working families, and ease the burden on middle class families.
Born and raised in a working class community, Brandon is one of ten children, growing up with a host of cousins and foster siblings. His father, Pastor Andrew Johnson, a retired state public employee and mother Wilma “Jean” Johnson, served as leaders in the Church of God in Christ.
Brandon has been a public servant for nearly 20 years. After working his way through college, Brandon taught social studies and reading in Chicago Public Schools at Jenner Academy Elementary and Westinghouse College Prep. It was at Jenner Elementary School, in the Cabrini-Green neighborhood that Brandon’s passion and commitment to social and economic justice peaked. While his students were bright, energetic and full of promise, they lived in a neighborhood struggling to survive under the weight of poverty and high levels of unemployment and violence.
After his experiences at Jenner and Westinghouse, Brandon was in search of opportunities that would not only help him positively impact his students’ school communities, but also their families and neighborhoods. In 2011, Brandon joined the resurgent Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) as an organizer. Brandon helped to organize the monumental 2012 CTU strike and fought against the onslaught of school closings and privatization in Black and Latinx communities. In 2015, Brandon led field campaigns that forced an historic mayoral runoff and 18 aldermanic runoffs in the city of Chicago. Most recently, Brandon has coordinated coalition campaigns with parent and community organizations to pass state legislation for an elected representative school board, stronger oversight of private charter operators, restoring collective bargaining rights for teachers and an elimination of tax breaks and slush funds for the 1%.
Brandon is running to become the next County Commissioner in the 1st District – to fight for the poor, to protect working families, and to ease the burden on middle class families.
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