Chesterton Tribune



John Johnston of Liberty Township running for state representative

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Liberty Township resident Marine Corps Major John Johnston (Ret.) filed on Feb. 7 to run as a Republican for the Indiana House of Representatives in the 10th District.

The district covers most of Chesterton, Ogden Dunes, Porter, Portage, Burns Harbor, Dune Acres and South Haven.

Johnston mentioned in a prepared statement that thus far, the incumbent Charles “Chuck” Moseley, D-Portage, has run largely unopposed in this seat and has remained in office since 2008.

This is the first time Johnston has run for public office.

In his statement, Johnston said he is a seasoned veteran and distinguished leader. He retired after 26 years in the United States Marine Corps and 17 years as the Senior Marine Instructor at Portage High School. The Portage High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC remains in the top 5 nationwide, he said.

Johnston said veterans, educators and district needs will always be a priority to him.

“Our cities and towns need the resources from the State to plow their streets, pave their roads, pay their workers and support job growth,” he said.

Johnston believes the State Board of Education needs to work with Superintendent Glenda Ritz to make the necessary changes responsibly and efficiently. Reducing the plethora of mandated educational initiatives placed on Indiana schools will be one of Johnston’s focuses as well as making sure local skilled union tradesmen’s interests are addressed fairly in Indianapolis.

Johnston is running unopposed in the May 6 Republican primary election.

He will face Moseley in the November general election.



Posted 2/18/2014