“I would love for Ada to be a destination town,” she said. “Like you load up a group of friends and think, ‘We’re going to go on a little shopping trip today and have lunch,’ and do that in Ada and not drive to Norman or somewhere else, but to have Ada be a destination town.”
Johnston has two children who attend Latta schools. Her parents, Dr. T.J. and Jane Johnston, are active in the community.
“I think that has definitely affected my wanting to be involved in the community,” Johnston said.
Johnston said she wants to see Ada be the best town it can be.
“I’m just looking forward to building relationships with the downtown community and the rest of Ada,” she said. “I would encourage everyone to shop downtown Ada and other shops in Ada, not just downtown. Try to keep your business local. I think that’s going to be my motto is, ‘Try to keep it in Ada if you can.’ There might be times when you have to go out of town for something else, but there’s a good chance you can find what you need right downtown, and there’s always good parking.”
AMS said its purpose is to promote the economic growth and well-being of Ada, preserve and improve the historic value of downtown, create a quality business environment for both the business and the consumer and to be an ever-expanding informational resource for the downtown area.