Campaign kick-off is Sept. 23 James D. Johnson, Vermillion, has filed a petition with the state of South Dakota as a Democratic candidate for the South Dakota House of Representatives, District 17.
Johnson, 37, is a life-long resident of South Dakota and was born in Vermillion. For a brief time, he resided in Irene while he was employed for several years at the Human Services Center in Yankton and then worked as a certified welder at Sioux Welding in Beresford.
Currently, he is a fourth-year student at The University of South Dakota in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies Department where he is completing degree requirements to become a licensed counselor in the field of alcohol/drug treatment with minors in psychology and health.
He is currently employed as a full-time community support person by SESDAC.
Johnson attended Vermillion school and is a 1985 graduate of Vermillion High School. His candidacy reflects his interest in the well-being of South Dakotans concerning welfare and fair representation for citizens of all ages.
Among his interests is use of the Missouri River as a recreational asset and, in his spare time, likes to canoe, kayak, and camp along the river. He is also a willing volunteer for community functions and is an "on-call" volunteer for the W.H. Over Museum, the Austin-Whittemore House, and the Senior Citizens Center.
He is a member of the Friends of the W.H. Over Museum, the Sierra Club, and the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center.
A campaign kick-off event will be held at the residence of Johnson's parents, Allen and Maxine Johnson at 2111 North University Road on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.