County District 5 candidate: Francine Johannesen

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Charlie Stone is vacating seat

Francine Johannesen, CEO of the Marion County Building Industry Association, longtime resident, and community leader, has officially announced her candidacy for the 2012 Marion County Commission – District 5 race.
The seat is being vacated by Chairman Charlie Stone, who is running for state representative.
Johannesen’s priorities center around a unified economic agenda designed to create jobs, to get people back to work, and to keep those jobs so our community can thrive today and into the future. “I have had the privilege of working closely with our local officials and local leaders to promote pro-active economic development within our community and I want to further my commitment to ensure we are effective and efficient in rebuilding our community.” said Johannesen.
Johannesen believes by promoting pro-active economic development, capitalizing in innovation, leveraging our community’s greatest assets, and strengthening our education and workforce development, we will create a healthy environment for Marion County. Johannesen also states, “All economies are local and many of us are working hard to create an atmosphere that is conducive to a better local economy. It is going to take dedication, hard work, and a great deal of teamwork to accomplish these priorities.
“Marion County is a great place to live and one of our greatest assets is the power of the people that live here. Through my formal education and my experience in problem solving, change and project management, I want to pull our resources together to get the job done.”
Johannesen has been a resident of Marion County since 1974 and graduated from Lake Weir High School with a full academic scholarship to the College of Central Florida where she received her Associate of Arts degree. She continued her undergraduate studies at Saint Leo University and obtained her degree in Business Administration, specializing in business management with a minor in marketing. She has held positions with the City of Ocala Electric Utility, Progress Energy of Florida, and is currently CEO at the Marion County Building Industry Association. Johannesen is currently active on the Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, a member of the Ocala/Marion County Economic Development Corporation and the Republican Business Council. She is also an engaged volunteer leader and has worked with United Way, March of Dimes, Junior Achievement, ARC of Marion, and many others. Johannesen and her husband Chad have a daughter, Aubrey, and two opinionated Chihuahuas.