For Immediate Release
May 9, 2019
Dallas, TX – Five elected leaders of the Dallas Independent School District endorsed State Rep. Eric Johnson on Thursday in his campaign to be the next Mayor of Dallas.
Rep. Johnson earned the endorsements of Dallas ISD Trustees Edwin Flores, Justin Henry, Dustin Marshall and Dan Micciche, as well as incoming Trustee Maxie Johnson, who was elected last Saturday.
“Dallas ISD has made tremendous strides in recent years, and that’s due in large part to the work of these trustees,” Rep. Johnson said. “I have had a strong working relationship with these local education leaders as a State Representative, and I will continue collaborating with them as Mayor. I appreciate their service to the students of Dallas ISD — including my own children.”
Rep. Johnson attended Dallas ISD as a child and has been a leading voice for public education in the Texas House of Representatives, where he has served since 2010. He has been one of the Legislature’s most consistent advocates for greater funding of full-day, high-quality prekindergarten, and he passed legislation allowing Dallas ISD to take money saved from early high school graduations and reinvest it in full-day pre-K in the district.
Rep. Johnson has also worked to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline by passing legislation into law to prohibit student suspensions in pre-K through second grade. This year, he passed a bill in the Texas House to require schools to report demographic data about student suspensions to the state, which will allow researchers and elected officials to craft better policies related to student discipline.
Rep. Johnson earned the most votes among nine mayoral candidates in an election last Saturday and advanced to a June 8 runoff election.
The Dallas ISD trustees supporting Rep. Johnson for Dallas Mayor released the following statements:
“As a public-school parent, Eric understands the needs and challenges of our students and families. Eric has the skills and knowledge to help Dallas ISD educate every student for success.” — Dallas ISD Trustee Edwin Flores
“Eric Johnson fundamentally believes in the power of education. He’s lived it. That’s why he’s going to be a great Mayor of Dallas. As great as Eric has been as a legislator, he can do much more for our community — and our kids — as Mayor. Workforce readiness is his top priority. From the moment he walks into the Mayor’s office, Eric Johnson will dedicate himself to helping deliver on the promise of ALL kids in Dallas so that our city provides kids with the same kinds of opportunities that his family and community provided him.”— Dallas ISD Trustee Justin Henry
“I’ve known Eric Johnson for over 30 years, and I can say with confidence that he has the intellect, passion, and skill necessary to shepherd Dallas through its next phase of growth. He is committed to bringing people together – both around the horseshoe, and throughout the City – and he will work to ensure that ALL of our families have access to opportunity. As a Trustee, I’ve watched both candidates for years and closely followed their stances on education issues. Only Eric has pushed for the expansion of early childhood education, worked to get more resources for our school children, and worked to build equity throughout our schools. I know that Eric will work hand-in-hand with the Dallas ISD Board to help improve outcomes for kids!” — Dallas ISD Trustee Dustin Marshall
“Eric Johnson will be a great Mayor. He is a true leader of high integrity with a strong commitment to public safety, public education, workforce readiness, neighborhood revitalization, and affordable housing. Eric Johnson will work to bring a diverse community together to face the challenges we have in this city.” — Dallas ISD Trustee Dan Micciche
“Eric Johnson is passionate, purposeful and promising, and I fully support him for Mayor.” — Incoming Dallas ISD Trustee Maxie Johnson
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