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Gazette Staff

City Councilman Jack Johnson was “feeling pretty darn good” Monday night, a day and a half after undergoing triple-bypass surgery in the hospital at Deaconess Billings Clinic.

Johnson, who has represented Ward 4 since 1998 and is running for re-election this year, was reached in his hospital room Monday night, where he had just finished watching the City Council meeting on Community 7 television.

“I’m quite tired,” Johnson said. “There’s too much activity here tonight.”

The retired school teacher, who suffered a heart attack while undergoing an angioplasty last October, said he suffered another heart attack late Saturday night. He described it as “chest pains that just would not go away.”

He was taken to the hospital and the triple bypass was completed by 9:30 Sunday morning, he said.

“I’m feeling pretty darn good,” Johnson said. “Everyone said, ‘You look great.’ Of course, they said that after the last one.”

Johnson, who has three challengers in his re-election bid, said he still intends to seek another term. There won’t be a primary this year, he said, so that will give him a little extra time to regain his health and think about what he wants to accomplish over the next four years. The general election will be Nov. 6.

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