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Harrisburg Council Member Cornelius Johnson announced last night he is resigning office. Mr. Johnson made the following statement explaining his resignation:
It’s with a heavy heart that I announce my resignation from Harrisburg City Council effective September 14, 2018. Proverbs 16:9 says, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” I have accepted a new full-time position in Atlanta, Georgia and we be relocating in the next couple of weeks. I would first like to thank all of the residents of Harrisburg for trusting me to represent you. Serving as your city council representative has been my one of my life’s greatest joys.
Second, I would like to thank my colleagues on council for your constant support and guidance as we worked as a team to provide the citizens of Harrisburg with a stronger and more transparent government system. As a council, we were able to accomplish great things and as we enter the next stages of our financial recovery I believe that we will continue that course. We know what our citizens deserve and I implore council to continue to fight for our residents. It is also my hope that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recognize the significance of the capital city and understand the sacrifices we have made as a city. The Commonwealth must commit to providing Harrisburg leaders with the tools to build a sustainable future for our city.
Three years ago when I was with a group of childhood friends and decided to run for council, I never thought I would win. At only 26 years old I knew it was a long shot but I was vested in wanting to make a difference in the city that I love. Harrisburg has given me so many opportunities and I would not be the man that I am today without this city. The only thing I wanted to do was make the city proud and prove to the next upcoming generation that you don’t have to wait to be leader.
We Saw. We Struggled. We Overcame. We Conquered. But most importantly, we did it TOGETHER.
Johnson ran for office at age 26 and said he “never thought he would win.” Instead, he finished the Democratic primary with the most votes of nine candidates.
“I was vested in wanting to make a difference in the city that I love. Harrisburg has given me to so many opportunities and I would not be the man that I am today without this city,” Johnson wrote on Facebook. “The only thing I wanted to do was make the city proud and prove to the next upcoming generation that you don’t have to wait to be leader.”