Longtime community activist and Democratic committee member Howard J. Johnson Jr. was sworn in as 1st District representative during a special session of the Erie County Legislature on Thursday.
Johnson replaces Barbara Miller-Williams, who was appointed last week to the Buffalo Comptroller seat vacated by Mark J.F. Schroeder earlier this year. He also is the party's endorsed candidate to run in the June primary for a full, two-year term representing the Buffalo-based district.
Johnson, who previously worked for M&T and HSBC banks and as a management consultant for the county's budget division, holds a bachelor's degree in business management from SUNY Buffalo State. He said in a written statement that he wants to work on "expanding public transportation, enhancing opportunities for minority business owners, and eliminating food deserts."
His political experience includes extensive service as an officer with Buffalo's Unity Coalition and as a Democratic committee zone chair in Buffalo.