About

Clark Johnson is a Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 2nd-Hampshire District (which includes South Hadley, Easthampton, Hadley, and part of Granby) – a position being vacated by incumbent John Scibak.

Johnson was raised in a military family, and attended middle and high school in South Hadley.  He subsequently earned a BA at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst; his mother has lived in South Hadley for several decades.  His stepfather, Tom Hazen, was and his stepbrother, John Hazen, is, an owner and chief executive at the Hazen Paper Company in Holyoke.

He earned a PhD from Yale in history and economics.  He has taught finance or international economics at three universities; he earlier worked at Chase Manhattan and as a Vice President at Citibank in Treasury and foreign exchange operations.  He is the author of Gold, France, and the Great Depression, 1919-1932 (Yale, 1997), which received a publishers’ award, and of a variety of papers on economic and diplomatic issues, including on policy in Iraq and Afghanistan.  More recently, he has written on the 2017 Tax Act, arguing that the conceptual case for the recent GOP tax cut is sloppy to the point of collapse.

Johnson has worked for much of the past two decades in economic and political development in the Middle East and central Asia -- including as a contractor, direct employee, and team leader with the US State and Defense Departments.  Following extended civilian deployments, he advocated revisions in US economic strategy in Iraq and political strategy in Afghanistan that had the potential to reshape mission efforts.

Johnson’s immediate family includes daughter Elizabeth, who recently completed a PhD in neuroscience at the University of California.  He has resided in South Hadley since 2014, during which time his interests have turned to include business, transportation, education, opioid abuse and environment issues in Massachusetts.  His vision, looking forward, is that we can increase opportunity and mobility for Hampshire-2nd residents of different ages,  incomes, and educational backgrounds.