Johnson hopes to help improve Utah’s education and juvenile justice systems

His name and his work are well-known in the education field and Dan Johnson has served in various capacities in several locations. Recently retired, Johnson has now chosen to work in another area: politics.

Johnson defeated Greg Merrill in a Republican primary to represent District 4 in Utah’s House of Representatives. He faces Democratic challenger Josh Brundage, and he’s excited about the opportunity to represent Logan and Cache Valley. Not only is education a key point of emphasis for Johnson, but so is fixing problems with Utah’s juvenile justice system.

“I’ve taken a pretty close look at the audit that was recently done,” Johnson said on KVNU’s For the People program. “There’s some concern in the juvenile justice system in terms of the amount of money that was spent, the number of kids that are in the system and the kind of help they are getting.

“The audit, in a lot of ways, did not come back real favorable on a statewide level on how the money was being spent or how the outcomes were being achieved.”

Johnson said he feels he has some good ideas in helping to save money and also helping to improve the system.

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