Alden Johnson, who is currently a firefighter and EMT, is alarmed by Representative Steven Palazzo's corruption, reckless spending, and lack of concern for the citizens he was elected to represent. Alden decided to do something about it and run for office.
Alden believes in actual liberty and limited government, unlike District 4's incumbent. As a libertarian, he stands apart from both Democrats and Republicans. His entry into politics is fueled by a desire to serve the great people of Mississippi with the integrity and common sense that so many politicians lack.
Born in Jackson, Alden moved to Arkansas at the age of three where he grew up and started to develop the principles that he still has today. Being active in the Boy Scouts and attaining the rank of Eagle Scout taught him self-reliance. After graduating high school in 2008, Alden remained in Arkansas for about a year before moving back to Mississippi to rejoin his family where they had just moved. After attending Jones Community College for two years, he worked at Forrest General Hospital as an ambassador. Feeling restless, he applied to become a Firefighter Recruit in 2015 and was selected. He passed the intensive training and began working for the Hattiesburg Fire Department. After becoming a Nationally Registered EMT he was hired as a Petal Firefighter and currently serves his community as a Lieutenant. He is certified as a Hazardous Materials Technician and Rope Rescue Technician. Both of Alden’s parents grew up in Mississippi and graduated from Ole Miss. Alden’s wife also grew up in Mississippi and attended William Carey University. She has a BA in Art and a Masters in Education.
Mississippi's 4th congressional district covers the southeastern region of the state. It includes all of Mississippi's Gulf Coast, stretching ninety miles between the Alabama and Louisiana borders and extends north into the Pine Belt. It includes three of Mississippi's four most heavily populated cities: Gulfport, Biloxi, and Hattiesburg. Other major cities within the district include Bay St. Louis, Laurel, and Pascagoula. Since 2013, the entire counties of Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Stone, George, Marion, Lamar, Forrest, Perry, Greene, Jones, and Wayne, along with the southeastern part of Clarke are represented in this district.