Wes Johnson, a retired nuclear and biomechanical engineer, has announced he’ll run for the state Senate District 17 seat held by Norman.
Originally from New Jersey, Johnson trained as a nuclear submarine technician in the Navy and became a nuclear engineer after attending the University of Florida, reports Windy March. He later got a Ph.D. in biomechanical engineering from UF.
He worked at several nuclear plants including the Crystal River and Turkey Point plants in Florida, and worked briefly in the effort to prevent a nuclear disaster after the accident at the Three Mile Island plant in 1979. He also served as a city council member in the small town of Clementon, N.J.
He has been back in Florida continually since 1994, and in Tampa, as a professor at the University of South Florida and as an independent biomechanical consultant, since 2003. He’s married with six grown daughters
“My major issue is education, and I think the state’s going exactly the wrong way,” said Johnson. “We need to fund education instead of giving money away to private institutions.”
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