Insurance agent Jeremy Dejuan Johnson is running for one of two at-large seats on the city council, saying his everyday interactions with residents indicates their issues or concerns are not being addressed.
“I will conduct myself as if all the issues that people or business owners are bringing to my attention will be my personal issues and strive to find the correct solution for their needs,” Johnson said in an email.
Johnson is an eight-year resident of Longmont and is originally from Andalusia, Ala. He said he wants to talk with more people to find out what are the biggest issues facing residents.
“When it comes to issues within the city, I have my own personal opinion but I will wait and speak with the loyal citizens of Longmont so we can figure out the best solution or course of action to take on the issues that arise during those conversations,” Johnson said in his email. “I say again this campaign is not about Jeremy Johnson … it is about the citizens of Longmont.”
Johnson said his work as an insurance agent will help him on the city council and that his personal gains should not be a goal. “The most important goal is being the voice and messenger of the people you represent,” Johnson said.
Candidates for mayor and city council will not become certified until nominating petitions are submitted by Aug. 23. Candidates can begin circulating nominating petitions Aug. 3, according to the Longmont City Clerk’s Office.
Declared candidates for mayor are current Ward 1 Councilmember Tim Waters, current Councilmember at-large-Joan Peck and resident Greg Harris.
City council at-large candidates are Johnson, city council incumbent and real estate appraiser Aren Rodriguez; business educator, author and mentor Tallis Salamatian and Shiquita Yarbrough, the YWCA of Boulder County’s director of community engagement and equity. .
Incumbent Ward 2 Councilmember Marcia Martin is seeking re-election. Thus far, she has no opponent.
Correction: Salamation's professional title was incorrect. He identifies as a business educator, author and mentor.