Amani Johnson is running for a seat on the Southfield City Council because he wants to give back to the community that raised him.
As a member of the Southfield City Council, Amani will fight to make housing more accessible for residents of all ages; to give small businesses opportunities to expand into the city's central business districts; to increase collaboration with Southfield Public Schools; and to incentivize home-ownership in our community. Amani will take a stand against complacent politicians and give our residents the Southfield they deserve.
Amani, age 22, has lived in Southfield on the corner of Twelve Mile and Southfield Road his entire life. Amani attended both private and public education institutions in Southfield and graduated from Southfield Lathrup High School in 2014. At Southfield-Lathrup, Amani was involved in his Student Congress, led a community service club, and was selected as the Fall 2013 Homecoming King. In 2014, Amani was also awarded the Southfield Martin Luther King Task Force's Community Service Award.
The summer after his Senior year of high school, Amani decided to learn a little bit more about the ongoings of local government by working as an intern in then-Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence's office. At the time, Mayor Lawrence was also running for Congress in Michigan's 14th Congressional District. Amani obtained a position as a campaign intern and knocked doors all over Oakland and Wayne Counties.
Amani then attended Central Michigan University, where he worked as a Resident Assistant for freshman students, served as the Vice President of Model United Nations, and also served on the Student Government Association Executive Board. While attending CMU, Amani served as an intern on Ken Siver's 2017 bid for Southfield Mayor, an intern in the office of State Representative Jeremy Moss, and an intern in the office of Southfield City Administrator Fred Zorn.
In May of 2015, Amani started his own small business, Vega Virtual Solutions, providing digital marketing and website design solutions to clients large and small.
In June of 2016, Amani was appointed to the Southfield Parks and Recreation Board for a two-year term. He helped oversee the renovation of Beechwoods, the creation of a departmental master plan, the renovation of the restrooms at Inglenook Park, and the development of a handicap accessible playscape.
In January of 2017, Amani joined the team at nonprofit Pack Your Back as their Assistant Director and Vice President of the Board for six months. During his time with PYB, he helped to raise thousands of dollars and helped to coordinate a free school supply drive at the Detroit Public Library main branch.
Amani graduated from CMU with a Bachelor of Science in Public and Nonprofit Administration in May of 2018, and currently works as a substitute teacher. Despite his age, Amani has had more experience and is more qualified than most candidates for this position. Being a second generation Southfield resident, he understands the needs of his peers and wants to fight for them at City Hall.