Message On A Bottle
Ward 7 council candidate Villareal "VJ" Johnson said he knows he will touch 2,016 people was he campaigns to unseat incumbent Yvette M. Alexander (D).
He has 2,016 bottles of natural spring water shipped all the way from Chatsworth, Ga., and now getting into the hands of residents as they leave and enter the Metro or make their way into Safeway.
"We tested it out at the Metro last weekend," Johnson said.
The 16.9-ounce clear bottles are decorated with white labels with blue and red writing with his campaign office phone number, website and slogan, "Building Bridges & Connecting People."
That sounds familiar.
"Building Bridges, Finding Solutions" is Council member Harry Thomas Jr.'s signature slogan still used as a sign off on his voice mail messages.
Johnson said, "So."
Bottled water is also familiar. Former Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) distributed the tasteless nectar to inform the public that he was a write-in candidate after he was infamously knocked off the ballot because of nominating petition debacle.
Johnson, 31, said he is an organizational development consultant and a fourth generation Washingtonian. His grandfather was the late Johnnie Johnson, a friend of Marion Barry and a freelance photographer who died tragically in 1996 after he fell off of a boat during a cruise for Barry's birthday party.
"That tragedy kind of turned off this generation (of the family) from politics," Johnson said.
But Johnson said residents in Ward 7 are hungry for economic development and jobs, which he said he would try to provide as a council member. For now, he's quenching some thirsts.
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