For Immediate Release
May 14, 2019
Dallas, TX – The Honorable Mike Rawlings and other key Dallas leaders endorsed State Rep. Eric Johnson on Tuesday to serve as the next Mayor of Dallas.
"A native son of southern Dallas, Eric Johnson epitomizes the very best of what our city has to offer," said The Honorable Mike Rawlings. "He is a proven collaborator who has won the confidence of former and current elected officials with whom he serves. A successful mayor must be a uniter, not a divider. Eric will be that unifying force that the people of Dallas deserve."
Rep. Johnson has also been endorsed by four previous Mayors of Dallas.
“Mike Rawlings has provided strong, effective, unifying leadership for Dallas and I am profoundly honored to have his support,” Rep. Johnson said. “Dallas is a better city because of this man and his commitment to the people who live here. Mike Rawlings has not only accomplished a great deal for Dallas, but he has served with integrity and repeatedly earned the trust of everyone who cares about this city.”
At a Tuesday press conference in Dallas, Rep. Johnson was also endorsed by The Honorable Casey Thomas II, The Honorable Tennell Atkins, The Honorable Carolyn King Arnold, The Honorable Jennifer Staubach Gates, The Honorable Adam McGough, The Honorable Lee Kleinman, and The Honorable Rickey Callahan.
“These are great public servants,” Rep. Johnson said. “I know that they do not take the decision to endorse in this race lightly, and I don’t take their decision lightly either. All of us are eager to move past the divisiveness of recent years and work together to do what’s best for this city. We will have some disagreements in the future, but we will work through them in a collaborative and productive fashion.”
Tuesday’s endorsements highlighted the momentum that has built behind Rep. Johnson’s campaign ever since May 4, when he received the most votes among nine mayoral candidates. Rep. Johnson has also been endorsed by a bipartisan group of 10 current and former members of the Texas Legislature and five members of the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees.
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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