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Patti Johnson named a finalist for Transportation Disadvantaged’s elected official of the year

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Pinellas Park council member Patti Johnson has been named a finalist for the title of 2016 Elected Official of the Year.

The award is given annually by the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged. The winner will be named Dec. 14 at a banquet in Jacksonville.

The award is designed to recognize an elected official who has demonstrated his/her support to those who are transportation disadvantaged. The winner will be someone who has worked to ensure mobility options remain available to those who depend on them so those individuals can maintain their independence and quality of life.

Johnson has served on the Pinellas Park City Council since 2012. She has a long history as a community servant, resident, business owner and advocate for the elderly and disabled. She was vice chair of the Metropolitan Planning Organization transportation disadvantaged committee.

She serves as Pinellas Park’s representative on the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. Johnson serves on that group’s legislative committee and is the alternate member on the PSTA planning committee. She is vice chair of

Before Johnson was elected to the Pinellas Park council, she served on the city’s board of adjustment for five years, one year as chairperson, and for six years on the code enforcement board.

Johnson is also on the Florida League of Cities legislative and finance, a board member for Greater Pinellas Country Fair and has served as a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast board of directors and the Pinellas Park Boys and Girls Club unit advisory council. Patti is a former member of the Pinellas Park Police Department Volunteers Mounted Unit, the Florida Alliance for Main Street Fairness Tampa Bay executive committee and a past member of the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

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