For Immediate Release
May 13, 2019
Dallas, TX – Former State Sen. John Carona endorsed State Rep. Eric Johnson on Monday in the race for Mayor of Dallas. Sen. Carona is the latest to join a growing, bipartisan group of Dallas leaders endorsing Rep. Johnson in the June 8 mayoral runoff.
"After working with Eric in the Texas Legislature for several years, I know him to be thoughtful, collaborative and fully committed to the people of Dallas," Sen. Carona said. "I’ve seen his leadership up close and I have every confidence that he’s the right choice in this runoff election. Eric and I didn’t agree on every issue at the Texas Capitol, but he would always listen and work with me in good faith to do what was best for Dallas. That’s the sign of a great leader."
Sen. Carona, a Republican, served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1991 until his election to the Texas Senate in 1996. He represented Dallas in the Senate from 1996 to 2015.
Sen. Carona joins a diverse group of current and former elected officials from both parties who have endorsed Rep. Johnson for Mayor of Dallas. That group includes four former Dallas Mayors, state Sen. Royce West, seven current or former members of the Texas House, and five members of the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees.
"Senator Carona served Dallas with distinction for many years and I am proud to have his support," Rep. Johnson said. "The people of Dallas know Senator Carona to be a statesman who has always done what he thinks is right, regardless of politics or partisanship. I’m truly honored that some of the most respected, accomplished men and women who have served Dallas from both political parties have chosen to support my campaign."
The son of a former Dallas police officer, Rep. 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.
Rep. 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.
Rep. 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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