By DALE GRAHAM
Pegram resident State Representative Phillip Johnson spent part of his his 51st birthday where he has spent many other birthdays for the past 10 years, on the TN State House floor. When it came time for announcements, Johnson brought forward and introduced his mother in law Doctor Pat Arnold, his longtime assistant Celeste Thomas, sons Beau and Cannon, and wife Allison. First, Allison spoke briefly about her victory over breast cancer over the past year and a half, and the importance of early detection.
Then Johnson spoke to his colleagues. “I’ve been in this chamber for 10 years, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world”, Johnson said of his experiences there, and talked about the importance of the support of his family. He then said it was time for him to move forward, and announced that he will not be seeking reelection in the upcoming election in August.
Johnson thanked his assistants and colleagues and said that he would be pursuing a career in “government relations”, and hoped to be seeing them in the future.
Johnson said this week that he intends to return full time to his home inspection business. After the proper waiting period he hopes to take a job as an advocate to affect public policy for an organization or firm.
Potential candidates have until noon on April 5th to file a petition to run for Johnson’s seat. The election will be held August 2nd and includes a Pegram Town Election, Cheatham County Road Superintendent and School Board Members in the 2nd, 3rd and 6th Districts, and several state and US seats.
As of this week, only 3rd District Cheatham County Commissioner John-Paul Wood had filed a petition to run for Johnsons’ seat.