Political Blows Still Flying In District 4 as Justin Johnson, Laura Pastor Enter Final Leg of Race

Categories: Election 2013

Howard's "breakfast club" meetings -- a monthly gathering of a cadre of developers and the politically connected.

As described in a 2010 New Times story, Howard's "breakfast club" meetings are often the source of huge campaign dollars for political candidates.

One Phoenix insider likened Justin Johnson's selection process among the mighty members of the breakfast club to the way that Pastor Warren Stewart received his stamp of approval to run in the District 8 race by a small clique of power brokers in the African American and Latino communities.

A far cry from a church basement, where Stewart supporters gathered to pledge support for his candidacy, Johnson's circle of political friends like Howard, Rick Cole, Billy Shields, Mike Leib and Dean Howard don't rely on the subtle security that an off the beaten-path basement provides.

Rather, they opt for the more obvious security provided by the prestigious members-only Arizona Country Club in the heart of Arcadia.

Much like Stewart was the choice of south Phoenix politicos, Johnson emerged as the candidate of choice for the north Phoenix development lobby.

Johnson says he attends Howard's breakfast club meetings, but adds that he will attend "any and every meeting" to which he's invited.



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FRONTERA
FRONTERA

Don't vote for this 'sonny boy ' Johnson . I  had a uncle like this , and he drove my Grandpas radio and TV station  business into the ground...They  cant clean  crap from their  own   diapers -  DIAPER BOYS...

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

Representative Ed Pastor has always done  ' MY  district  right '.... All though I  may  be a  little  to the left....Laura Pastor, with  her experience will be a great and honest fit  for district 4 ....   Thx.  to all who support Her , MAYOR STANTON AND  TOO  MANY TOO LIST...

Jason Fierstein
Jason Fierstein

Honestly, neither. Both have run an extremely negative campaign against one another, and the process has turned me off.

szelezic
szelezic

At this point I don't really care. I'm just sick of all the robo-calls. I'll be glad when its over.

james8394
james8394

I wish these kids would play nice. It's getting to where I'm not really liking either. That said, the article is really slanted (in a negative way) against Johnson. I'd like to add that he's been to my house twice, his father once, a cousin twice and an uncle once, and has replied to emails which tells me that at least he wants the job. Laura Pastor has sent one campaign aide one time but mails hit pieces every day. That's been my experience anyway. Oh yeah, FRONTERA, it's not her district. It's the residents district.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

If Pastor is anything like her father, then private sector jobs will disappear, property values will decline, the federal guns and badges will run all over the constitution, all the while she will be lining her pockets with tax payer $. peace

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

I believe PASTOR would represent her District much better.

loggedoff
loggedoff

@james8394 Makes you think he doesn't even have a job. So much for "working hard".

phindile
phindile

@james8394 frontera just picks the swarthiest candidate in any district, and doesn't think that they'd be the best, but rather believes it.

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