Johnson, Susan M.

District town: Windham

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Election history: Johnson won the open seat in 2008, succeeding five-term Democrat Walter Pawelkiewicz, who retired.

2008 general election

Susan M. Johnson (D) 5,606 70 percent
Daniel M. Lein (R) 2,287 29 percent
Robert D. Gorgoglione (CC) 85 1 percent

2008 Democratic primary

Susan M. Johnson 881 70 percent
Thomas W. White 385 30 percent

Public financing: Johnson qualified for $24,800 in public financing for her primary campaign and $24,211.25 for the general election under the Citizens’ Election Program. She returned $3,372.55 to the state.

Background: Johnson is a former Windham selectman. She worked as an advocate for Medicare recipients as a non-lawyer working for Connecticut Legal Services, then obtained her law degree and opened a law office with her husband.

Committees: Education, Energy and Technology, Finance

Education: A.S., Manchester Community College; B.A., Eastern Connecticut State University; J.D., Western New England School of Law

Occupation: Attorney, O’Brien & Johnson

2008 Financial Disclosure: Johnson reported rental income as her only outside income. She reported no income from O’Brien & Johnson, the law partnership with her husband, Dennis O’Brien.

She and her husband own a home in the Willimantic section of Windham and a condominium in Melbourne, Fla., which they rent. Johnson also owns property in Maine, where she was born. They have limited stock holdings.

Johnson reported owing debts of more than $10,000 to Chelsea Groton Savings Bank and the National City Mortgage Corp.

A note on financial disclosure: Every spring, officials are required to disclose the ownership of real estate, the source of any income exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year and securities worth more than $5,000.