“We must provide the funding and resources necessary to make all our public schools
successful. All students, especially those with special needs, deserve the best education possible, which begins with higher pay for teachers and staff. We must attract the best and brightest people to serve our public schools.”
~ EARLE E. "BUBBY" JOHNSTON
ABOUT THE CANDIDATE
A native of Scott County, Erle E. “Bubby” Johnston graduated from Forest High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in general business with a minor in journalism from Mississippi State University.
After graduating from college, Johnston became an editor and part owner of the Scott County Times, a family-owned weekly newspaper in Forest, until 1983. He spent the next 28 years as vice president for public information at East Central Community College until his retirement in 2014.
A member of First Baptist Church of Quitman, Johnston has been involved in several community and civic organizations including Clarke County Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Clarkco State Park, Standing Together Against Cancer (Clarke County Chapter), the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Clarke County Republican Party, Clarke County Chapter of the Mississippi State Alumni Association and the WTOK-TV All-Scholastic Sports Team Committee.
He has been married for the past 27 years to the former Janet Harris of Quitman, a contract social worker for the Division of Licensure and Certification of Health Facilities at Mississippi State Department of Health.
ABOUT SENATE DISTRICT 33
Counties represented: Clarke and Lauderdale counties
School Districts represented: Enterprise School District, Launderdale County School District, Meridian School District, Quitman County School District
Key Election Date: August 6, 2019, Primary
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