So Is Mark Johnson Running for Reelection?

In January of 2017 it was all about “urgency”.

In the first six months of 2017 it was all about a “listening tour.”

In all of 2017 into 2018, it was about a legal fight with a state board of education under control of the same political party about who had the most control over the public school system.

In early 2018, it was about rallying for school choice and speaking at the highlight event for school choice and shunning all rallies for public education.

In 2018, it was about a million dollar audit to find places for cuts that actually showed DPI was underfunded.

In May of 2018, it was about leaving Raleigh to avoid confronting over a fifth of the teaching force that descended upon Raleigh to demand answers.

In July of 2018, it was about bringing in Jeb Bush for a consultation about privatizing public education directly after laying off many DPI workers and reorganizing DPI staff into more silos.

In the summer of 2018, it was about iPads.

In the fall of 2018, it was about creating a new personal campaigning website to drive people to in order to control information about public education during a hurricane.

In early 2019, it was about doughnuts.

In Feb. of 2019, it was about 2030 and a private dinner for announcements about public education.

So in March of 2019, after four people had filed and/or declared their intentions to run for the office of state superintendent, Mark Johnson was asked point blank if he will be running to keep the office he currently holds on this episode of Education Matters with Keith Poston:

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He did not say in that episode. He was too busy working on #2030 in 2019 to think about 2020.

Or was he?

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(It required more money than the average teacher takes home in pay in a month to even “chair” part of the “Roundtable.”)

In August, Johnson had to file a report of campaign contributions given in the first six months of the 2019 year. All “candidates” for state and local office have to do this.


As of this day, six democrats have declared for the office of state superintendent.

Mark Johnson has not officially declared, but there are symptoms that he will considering the money raised. But wouldn’t an incumbent in today’s political climate already have thrown in his name as a way to communicate his intent to “follow through” on changes he campaigned on?

But considering that he was in the classroom for less than two years and never even completed a full term as a local school board member, it would not be surprising if he says that he will not run and become a “lame duck” state superintendent.

Wait, isn’t he already one?