Michael Johnson

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Incumbent

Background

Johnson has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from California State University as well as an Associate’s degree in Art degree from Chabot College. He has worked as a Chief Financial Officer for multiple technology companies, including Ascend Communications. He also served as CFO for the Oakland Tribune and Chief Accounting Officer for Itel Rail [1]. 
Johnson has been active in the Carefree community since 2015, serving as President of his HOA board. He has served as a Carefree Town council member since 2021 [2].

Key Issues

Water

Johnson wants to maintain good water quality and accessibility. He supports the Carefree Water Consolidation Project and the Salt River Project proposal to raise Bartlett Lake in order to increase water storage. He also wants to recharge unused Central Arizona Project (CAP) aqueduct water to increase supply [2]. Johnson does not support proposition 472 because he is against the demolition of a new buried water reservoir in Carefree [4]. 

Economy

Johnson does not support the implementation of a property tax [2]. 

Infrastructure

Johnson supports the approved Economic Development Plan for Carefree. He believes in balanced development in order to preserve the feel of a quiet town in Carefree [2]. Johnson helped lead efforts to rezone the northeast corner of Carefree Highway and ensure that it wouldn’t have fast-food drive-throughs, dense buildings, or a 24-hour emergency hospital. He also worked with Scottsdale to add turning lanes in his community and 60th street on Carefree Highway to improve safety [2].

Public Safety

Johnson wants to ensure that the Carefree fire department is part of the regional automatic-aid system in order to improve fire and medical service efficiency to keep the public safe [2].

Elections

Johnson does not support proposition 473 for 2-year terms and instead supports proposition 474 for 4-year staggered terms for city council members [4]. 

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found. 

Sources

1 Carefree 
2 AZCentral 
3 AZCentral 
4 Carefree Unity