PRINCETON, NJ — A lifelong Princeton resident, Paul Johnson says he’s running for a seat in the Board of Education because he genuinely cares “about the outcome of my five children, three of whom attend Princeton Public Schools, as well as all the children in our community.”
A student-athlete coach, Johnson is running with Karen Lemon and William “Bill” Hare as a slate.
Read below to learn more about Johnson and his platform for the upcoming elections in Princeton.
Name – Paul Johnson
Age (as of Election Day) – 36
Position Sought – Board of Education Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? No
BA Anthropology, University of Virginia.
Student-athlete coach and mentor
Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office – None
Campaign website –
Why are you seeking elective office?
As the late, great John Lewis so eloquently put it, “To get in trouble, good trouble, necessary trouble.” We are at a crossroads in our society and we must be proactive rather than reactive. It is time for a change on our school Board, it is time we tackle our issues of equity/equality head on, without reserve. It is time for us to be honest with ourselves and admit we have fallen short of the promises we have made to our children in this town. We have failed to be leaders for social justice and reform. We have failed to have open and honest dialogue with our families and our community. I am running because I believe I can be part of the necessary change which will ensure our students and families a better tomorrow. I am running because I genuinely care about the outcome of my five children, three of whom attend Princeton Public Schools (grades 3, 5 and 11)