ISHPEMING — First District Congressional Candidate for the Democratic side, Lon Johnson, spent some time in Marquette County today to chat with the residents.

Johnson visited the Michigan Education Association office in Ishpeming to discuss education issues plaguing the area. Retired teachers from across Marquette County spoke about the importance of public education with Johnson and asked how he plans to improve these issues.

“Looking at the national thrust of where education’s going, everybody remembers the no child left behind and how that really didn’t pan out like everybody wanted. I would suspect he has some new ideas on how the federal government can be a little more impacting on education,” said MEA retired teacher, Greg Seppanen.

Johnson headed down to Congress Pizza afterwards to grab a slice to eat and to talk about other pressing issues with concerned citizens. This is the 35th town hall he has conducted with the residents in district one and he has no intentions of stopping as Election Day approaches.

“It’s a lot of listening mostly, but introducing myself to the voters and allowing people to ask questions. I believe people should have the ability to ask a candidate for congress, and subsequently the member of congress, real questions and get real answers.”

Johnson will be up against Republican candidate, Jack Bergman, and Libertarian candidate, Diane Bostow, in just 2 months.