To do it, though, Johnston
will have to unseat Vice-Mayor Frankie Burnett, who has filed for reelection.
has filed to run for the Group 3 council seat that Burnett has held since 2004.
...The two men served together on the council for two years until Johnston stepped down in 2006.He
was first elected in 1993.
The qualifying period ended at noon Friday.The Brooksville election is Nov. 4.Johnston
was vacationing out of the state Friday and could not be reached for comment.
...Johnston, 56, does title work for Johnston and Sasser, P.A., a Brooksville law firm founded by his father, former state senator Joe Johnston Jr.
Johnston's candidacy could provide an interesting dynamic for the campaign if he
chooses to resurrect a proposal he
made toward the end of his
term in 2006 to turn South Brooksville, a historically African-American community, into an industrial park.
The city would take advantage of grant money to build new residential developments for residents of the area and offer fair prices for the land.Johnston
main motivation was not industrial development but to improve living conditions for residents in the area.
The plan, Johnston
said then, would boost and diversify the city's industrial tax base while at the same time help an area where residents, as Johnston
put it in his
proposal, "are essentially trapped in structures which are economically neither feasible to sell nor to repair cost effectively."