LOGAN — Long time educator Dan Johnson beat Josh Brundage in Tuesday’s election for the House District 4 seat. He will replace Dr. Ed Redd, who announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election.
Johnson said he was excited to see the results come in, and appreciated those who helped him through the campaign during the past 10 months. Now, he is looking forward to getting to work.
“For those who voted for me, I know it’s a matter of trust and they’re saying, ‘we think this is the guy who has the kind of know how and the personal integrity to follow through and do what’s right,’” said Johnson. “People who know me, know that is the case. For those who didn’t vote for me, I hope they will reach out to me and get to know me.”
Johnson won 63 percent of the votes, compared to Brundage who captured 37 percent. It was the closest house race in northern Utah.
Johnson said, in addition to education, many residents he spoke to also expressed concerns about healthcare. That was apparent in two of the propositions that were also on the ballot.
“So one of them is healthcare through medical marijuana. The legislature is certainly going to end up with that in front of us to take a look at, now that it looks like that is going to pass. The other part of it is Medicaid and Medicaid expansion.”
In addition to serving as a principal for both Mt. Logan Middle School and Edith Bowen Laboratory School, he’s served on neighborhood councils, mayor’s councils, and as a Republican State Delegate. He grew up on a farm in eastern Nebraska.