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Town of Halifax council member picks up packet to seek election

Halifax Council member Kristy Johnson announced Sunday she will seek election in November to the Ward D seat she currently holds.

Johnson said she turned in her packet with signatures qualifying her to get her name on the ballot last Tuesday.

In March, Johnson was appointed to the Ward D seat following the resignation of former Councilman Phil Hammond.

“I think I add a different perspective to council, and with the resignation of Councilman Tom Brown, I hope to help town council move forward,” she said. “It’s important to have consistency with council and not have such a turnover.

Councilman Brown’s resignation will become effective June 3. (See related story)

Johnson is a 2005 graduate of Georgia South Western State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on management.

She is currently the director of business development and operations at Riverstone Energy Center and was formerly the operations manager for the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority.

 She has also held a host of other management positions throughout her career.

Johnson is a member of the Halifax Planning Commission, a board member for the Mentor Role Model Program and a committee member of the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals.

 She is also a 2011 graduate of the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce Leadership program and received certificates for completing the New Thomas College Basic Economic Development Course and having the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

 

“I believe that my professional experience will be an asset to the town. As the former operations manager for the IDA of Halifax County and the current director of business development and operations for the Riverstone Energy Center I have had the opportunity to form excellent personal and professional relationships with community leaders, politicians, industry executives as well as tobacco commission staff, commission members and the other granting agencies. I have maintained a yearly budget in excess of 5 million and managed 40 million in assets,” Johnson said in a letter she wrote to council before being appointed to the Ward D seat in March.