Political Blows Still Flying In District 4 as Justin Johnson, Laura Pastor Enter Final Leg of Race
Laura Pastor, Justin Johnson
Johnson, the son of former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson, faces criticism over family properties that are vacant eye sores, for being vague about his family's numerous Valley corporations, and for casting favorable votes on development projects represented by the same individuals hosting a campaign fundraiser for him.
And, probably the most damning criticism stems from his own words during a candidate forum -- at which he admitted to donating money to every council member to grease the wheels, or as he put it, "make things smoother," for his development projects.
It's not a good look for Johnson, a member of the city's Planning Commission.
Johnson is hoping to beat out Pastor, who is the daughter of Congressman Ed Pastor. And she's had her fair share of criticism in this election, and previous ones, because of it.
During the August election, someone sent out a this flier:
But, the same could be said of Justin Johnson, a 32-year-old businessman who has only worked in his father's shadow.
And the likes of Wayne Howard and Paul Gilbert aren't likely tossing their support behind Johnson because of all that he's accomplished. It's all about close relationships they have with his father, and the political connections they bring -- and the new ones they can create.