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Rep. Quinn Johnson retires to spend more time with family

Amanda Parrish * Delaware
aparrish@doverpost.com
Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times

Quinn Johnson has been the 8th District representative for 12 years, but that will come to an end in November.

On June 29, Johnson announced he will not seek another term in the legislature. He said he wants to spend more time with friends and family.

“Time is all of our most valuable asset,” he said. “It’s the one thing in life you can’t get back.”

Johnson served eight years as the co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee. Over the years, the time requirement increased significantly, he said.

The Middletown Democrat said some of the issues — such as creating a new budgeting process — he wanted to address haven’t been fully resolved, but he trusts his colleagues will continue to work on them.

“There are great people who continue to work on those issues. I felt it was in good enough hands now,” Johnson said. “There will always be issues and there comes a time, you have to say okay, there are people who can continue these initiatives.”

When he was first elected, Johnson said his passion was to fix the educational experience and provide more services for children with disabilities, and he has been glad to see the strides made.

“There has been a lot of change of what has been completed, both a cultural change within the state and focusing more on those issues and the support that is available to them,” he said.

He eventually switched from working on education to finances.

“When I was on [education] committee, I saw with the laws that I passed, coupled with the [other members’] passion, that I knew I could still be involved, but I didn’t need to be on the education committee to see that change happen,” he said.

Johnson had been with the Middletown Chamber of Commerce education advisory committee, and a soccer coach.

The MOT representative said he doesn’t know what is next, but he will continue to be an advocate for early childhood education issues and equal access to childcare.

Delaware Democratic Party Chairman Erik Raser-Schramm said in a June 30 statement he was surprised by the retirement, but is happy to know Johnson will remain a community advocate.

“I’m grateful to Julie for sharing Quinn with all of Delaware and I wish the Johnson family well as they embark on this exciting new chapter in their lives,” Raser-Schramm said. “Quinn leaves big shoes to fill in the 8th District, but now the hard work begins with our local Democratic committee to do just that.”

Johnson is co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee until the general election Nov. 3.

“I am truly honored and humbled [the 8th District] selected me for six terms to represent them and to be their voice,” he said. “It is certainly a tremendous honor I didn’t take lightly, and I look forward to working with whoever the next representative is to help mentor them on the issues and make sure they are able to step right in.”