Illinois House, 26th District
Kenny Johnson is 100% pro-choice and he has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Illinois Action.
Issues: Education, Creating and Saving Jobs, Protecting our Neighborhoods, Advocating for Seniors, Fighting Corruption
Biography: After working for more than a decade in the marketing and advertising field, and owning a small business, Kenny has launched his campaign to be the next State Representative of the 26th District of Illinois. His lifelong interest in public service began in 1995 when he and his college roommate volunteered for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s congressional campaign. Kenny was not aware at the time that he would be involved in a highly pivotal congressional race. However, he took advantage of the opportunity and performed a variety of roles throughout the campaign, including meeting citizens throughout the south side of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Due to his diligence and fervor in engaging with the community, Kenny was hired at the age of 25 to be a special assistant for Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s office. In this position, Kenny oversaw areas of economic development, education, and veteran affairs. This experience left Kenny with a fervent desire to broaden his skills to someday fully utilize his knowledge and expertise in serving the citizens of Chicago.
Fully aware that his experience in public service was limited up to that point, Kenny sought opportunities to work in the private sector in order to broaden his skill set that he hoped to later leverage when serving his neighbors, colleagues, and friends. Kenny was able to obtain a coveted sales and marketing position at a local distributorship. Through this experience, he developed an intimate understanding and appreciation of the dynamic factors that influence consumers to make a purchase. Utilizing this experience, Kenny launched a successful venture that caters to the consumers of Chicago, the culmination of merging his previous exposure to public service along with his acquired skill set in marketing and advertising, .
It was during this time that he met the women of his dreams, Dr. Yolanda Johnson. Even though she rejected him three times before agreeing to go out with him, their relationship soon blossomed, and they are now married and reside in the south loop with their five-year-old son Kenny Johnson III.
Kenny continues to address the issues of our community as a board member of K.L.E.O and Jobs for Youth. The K.L.E.O. Community Family Life Center is a non-profit organization and facility dedicated to strengthening families and providing a safe haven, through education, training, support and fun for people of all ages in the Washington Park Community. The Jobs For Youth organization assists young adults between the ages of 17- 24 in job training, GED programs and job placement. Kenny will continue to think in the best interests of the people, local citizens of Chicago, and work with vigor and a fervent vision to develop a strong, positive relationship between the citizenry and local and state government. He is committed to becoming a public servant who the people of Chicago and all of Illinois can trust and rely on to get things done and in their best interests. Kenny will employ the same diligence, humility, and candor to serve the 26th District.
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