Rahman Johnson was born and raised in Jacksonville. He holds degrees from Edward Waters University, Seton Hall University, and is currently a PhD candidate at Jackson State University. He was appointed by the City Council to the Jacksonville Civil Rights Task Force and the Downtown Development Authority LaVilla Gateway Project Steering Committee. With 25 years of media experience, Johnson works as a journalism professor at Edward Walters University and hosts The Rahman Experience podcast. His decisions in office will be guided by environmental and economic justice.