WINSTON-SALEM – Mark Johnson, a member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education, announced that he will run to be the North Carolina’s superintendent of public instruction in 2016. The Republican will enter the party’s primary to face current superintendent June Atkinson, who is running for her fourth term.
In addition to serving on his local board of education, Johnson is an attorney with Inmar Corporation, a retail technology firm in Winston-Salem. He received a bachelor’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta and a law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. A veteran of Teach for America, Johnson’s campaign slogan is “It’s about teachers, not testing!”
Focusing on the general election, Johnson took aim at Atkinson.
“My Democrat opponent has been working as an education bureaucrat for 40 years,” Johnson said. As the superintendent of public instruction, she’s only done what the establishment has told her to do, burdening our students and teachers with over-testing and the failed implementation of Common Core.”
According to recent filings with the North Carolina State Board of Elections, Johnson had $105,340 in campaign cash on hand. That total gives him a substantial lead over Atkinson, who showed less than $10,000 cash on hand at the end of the 2015 mid-year reporting period. Atkinson raised less than $4,000 this year based on that August 27 filing.