Edward Johnson has been a Fayetteville elected official since Jan. 2012, serving first as a city councilman. He has served as mayor since Jan. 2016. He has lived in Fayetteville since 1994.
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Johnson is a retired U.S. Navy commander and educator who now serves as full-time pastor of Flat Rock African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Fayetteville area. He and his wife Dr. Vanessa O. Johnson have two sons and three granddaughters.
Johnson says he moved to Fayetteville to put his sons into an excellent school system. He says he is encouraged by the city’s growing sense of community as it encounters well-managed development and growth.