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Warren pastor seeks to unseat incumbent councilman

WARREN — Growing up in the city, the Rev. Todd Johnson has an understanding of life in the city’s 1st Ward.

Johnson, pastor at Second Baptist Church since 2015, said the ward has kept the flavor it had even when he was a child playing baseball.

“A lot of residents have been here for decades and decades,” Johnson said. “Many have not been hard hit by the changes of the economy, but they are feeling its effects.”

Johnson said there are more rental properties than ever before.

“It is vital to be proactive and to be visionary about how we can address these issues to keep the value and quality of life in the 1st Ward,” he said. “We want a safe and vibrant place for the residents.”

Johnson describes the ward as still having safe streets and a nice inventory of houses. He has studied what other cities have done to address issues, such as speeding and drug trafficking.

“You can point out the drug housed,” he said. “I’ve worked with the street department and the street crimes division.”

Incumbent Councilman Larry Larson refused to participate in either the Tribune Chronicle’s editorial endorsement interview or this candidate story.

Larson, first elected onto Warren City Council in 2013, won the seat in a three-way race.

Read more in Sunday’s Tribune Chronicle.

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