Broad Coalition of Dallas Leaders Endorses Eric Johnson for Dallas Mayor

Staff Press Releases

For Immediate Release
March 26, 2019

Dallas, TX – A sweeping coalition of neighborhood, business, civic, non-profit, and faith leaders announced today that they proudly support State Rep. Eric Johnson’s campaign to become the next Mayor of Dallas.

Nearly 250 Dallas leaders have formally endorsed State Rep. Eric Johnson to become Dallas’ next Mayor, demonstrating the broad support that his inclusive and consensus-building leadership style has garnered across the nation’s ninth largest city. The coalition endorsing Johnson includes local neighborhood leaders, Fortune 500 CEOs, small business owners, current and former Dallas elected and appointed officials, non-profit CEOs, faith leaders, educators, and even a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“I’m grateful that such a diverse and respected group of Dallas leaders has come together behind our campaign,” Johnson said. “It is a profound honor that people who have done so much for Dallas believe that I am the right person to lead our city."

Johnson grew up in Dallas and returned to his hometown immediately upon completing his formal education. He received his bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard University in 1998 as well as a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a master’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, both in 2003.

Since 2010, Johnson has represented Dallas-based District 100 in the Texas House of Representatives, where he has been a leading voice for expanding access to early childhood education, fighting public corruption, funding much-needed street repairs, and improving public safety.

The following are statements from four of the Dallas leaders who announced their endorsement of Eric Johnson for Dallas Mayor today:

“Eric will be the type of Mayor our communities need,” said Edna Pemberton, who has been one of Dallas’ most influential civic leaders for decades. “He is a principled leader who genuinely cares about people. Eric will be a Mayor all of Dallas can be proud of.”

“Eric is a person of great integrity who has the experience and the leadership skills to take Dallas to new heights,” said Mary Poss, former Acting Mayor of Dallas who also served eight years on the Dallas City Council. “Eric knows how to lead by bringing different viewpoints and perspectives to the table. He is going to provide the clear and unifying vision our city needs at this crucial time.”

“Eric Johnson is a Dallas success story,” said Rev. Donald R. Parish Sr., the Pastor of True Lee Missionary Baptist Church in South Dallas. “He grew up here, worked hard, got himself a world- class education, and then returned to Dallas to make it an even better place to live. He is fully committed to helping more of our kids have the same kinds of opportunities he had.”

Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Dallas-based Ryan and Ryan International, said, “Eric is a tested, proven leader who knows where he wants to take our city. He is the right leader to help Dallas maintain its growing, vibrant economy by focusing on developing the tremendous talent that lies within the people who live here.”

A Dallas native and the son of a former Dallas police officer, Johnson has been a practicing lawyer in Dallas for the past fifteen years. He and his wife, Nikki, have two sons, William and George.

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