After Dallas case, Texas lawmaker aims to ‘eradicate’ affordable housing tax credit corruption

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Dallas Morning News — Days after former Dallas City Council member Carolyn Davis pleaded guilty to taking bribes from a real estate developer, a state lawmaker running for mayor said he will file legislation to “combat and hopefully eradicate corruption” in the awarding of affordable housing tax credits. Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, said elected officials and developers who seek their favor “have repeatedly abused their role” in the state-run affordable housing tax credit award process.

Dallas Business Leaders Pick Eric Johnson as Their Candidate in Mayoral Race

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Dallas Observer — Johnson is a progressive, Democratic Texas House representative from West Dallas. He’s made his bones championing civil rights causes, whether it was his successful recent fight to have a lost-cause celebrating Confederate plaque removed from the Texas Capitol or his innovative, but failed, 2017 effort to shield his constituents from the effects of gentrification. Johnson is a rising star in liberal Texas circles, not the kind of guy you’d expect to be on the receiving end of this kind of love from the likes of Hunt Oil scion Ray Hunt.

State Rep. Eric Johnson Enters Dallas Mayoral Race

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Austin American Statesman — State Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, announced Tuesday that he would run to become his city’s next mayor. “I believe I offer the citizens of Dallas a unique combination of experience, energy and creativity when it comes to solving problems, along with a proven track record of working well with people from varying backgrounds in order to accomplish great things,” Johnson said in his announcement. “I have represented one of the most diverse House districts in the state for nearly a decade and I’ve shown that I can bring people together to get the job done for all of our families.”

Eric Johnson Jumps Into Mayor’s Race

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Dallas Voice — State Rep. Eric Johnson entered the Dallas mayoral race today (Tuesday, Jan. 22). Johnson has served in the Legislature since 2010. “I believe I offer the citizens of Dallas a unique combination of experience, energy, and creativity when it comes to solving problems, along with a proven track record of working well with people from varying backgrounds in order to accomplish great things,” Johnson said in a press release. “I have represented one of the most diverse House districts in the state for nearly a decade, and I’ve shown that I can bring people together to get the job done for all of our families.”

State Rep. Eric Johnson Is Running for Dallas Mayor, Too

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Dallas Observer — “I believe I offer the citizens of Dallas a unique combination of experience, energy and creativity when it comes to solving problems, along with a proven track record of working well with people from varying backgrounds in order to accomplish great things,” Johnson said in announcing his candidacy. “I have represented one of the most diverse House districts in the state for nearly a decade, and I’ve shown that I can bring people together to get the job done for all of our families.”

Texas Rep. Eric Johnson makes surprise announcement: He’s running for Dallas mayor

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Dallas Morning News — State Rep. Eric Johnson announced Tuesday that he’s running for Dallas mayor. Johnson’s surprise announcement comes early in the legislative session after his re-election, which did not draw any major opponents. He will join a crowded field of candidates — including some financial and political heavyweights — vying to replace term-limited Mayor Mike Rawlings.