For Immediate Release
April 4, 2019
Dallas, TX – State Rep. Eric Johnson announced today that he raised $524,134 during the initial phase of his campaign to become the next Mayor of Dallas. The total illustrates both the breadth and the diversity of the coalition that has lined up behind Johnson since he entered the race in late January.
The above total reflects the amount Johnson raised between his January 22 entry into the race and March 25. He ended the period with $432,552 in cash on hand to be spent on his mayoral campaign. Johnson’s fundraising figures are particularly noteworthy given he was the last of nine candidates to enter the race, and also because the figures contain no loans or pledges.
“Dallas is coming together behind our campaign,” Johnson said. “The diversity of our support shows the power of our message — that this is a unifying campaign drawing support from literally every part of our city. These resources will help us continue bringing people together to do what is best for Dallas.”
Today’s fundraising report is further proof of the momentum Johnson demonstrated when he released a list of nearly 250 Dallas civic leaders who have endorsed his campaign, including Fortune 500 CEOs, faith leaders, neighborhood association presidents, educators, current and former public officials, and more.
“Even though I was the last candidate to enter the race, we have quickly built a dynamic, inclusive campaign that is reaching voters across Dallas,” Johnson said. “Our message is resonating so widely because voters want a Mayor who will listen to all viewpoints and get results. That’s what I have done in the Texas Legislature and that’s what I will do as Mayor.”
Johnson reported a total cash-on-hand of $838,959. This total includes the amount of money that is in Johnson’s state legislative campaign account. State law requires that a candidate for mayor who is also a state representative report a single, combined cash-on-hand total to the city, which is why Johnson’s report reflects the total of both his state legislative and mayoral campaign accounts. Johnson did not receive any contributions into his state legislative campaign account during the period covered by the report, nor did he spend any money from his state legislative campaign account on his mayoral campaign or transfer any funds from his state legislative account to his mayoral campaign account. Johnson has maintained two separate accounts at all times for the two campaigns and there has been no commingling between the two accounts. Johnson also has not accepted any contributions in excess of the City of Dallas’ individual or PAC contribution limits. The Interim Executive Director of the Texas Ethics Commission sent the Johnson campaign a March 25 letter confirming the reporting responsibilities of a sitting legislator running for Mayor of Dallas.
The son of a former Dallas police officer, 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.
Johnson has represented Dallas-based District 100 in the Texas House of Representatives since 2010. 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.
Johnson has been a practicing lawyer in Dallas for the past fifteen years. He and his wife, Nikki, have two sons, William and George.
Contact: Jason Embry, (512) 560-3876