Sixteen Former Members of Dallas City Council Endorse Rep. Eric Johnson

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For Immediate Release
May 21, 2019

Dallas, TX – State Rep. Eric Johnson announced Monday that he has been endorsed by 16 former members of the Dallas City Council.

The breadth of support from these Dallas leaders again highlights the robust, diverse coalition that is backing Rep. Johnson to become the next Mayor of Dallas, as well as the historic nature of his candidacy.

“These are men and women who have served throughout this city,” Rep. Johnson said. “They understand that Dallas needs a leader who will think big, build consensus, bring diverse voices to the table, and focus on solving our most daunting challenges, such as hiring and retaining more police officers and firefighters. They know how important it is for a Mayor to be a unifying figure and not a divisive force. I am grateful for their support.”

The following former members of the Dallas City Council announced their support of Rep. Johnson on Monday: Hon. Jerry Allen, Hon. Monica Alonzo, Hon. Bill Blaydes, Hon. Lois Finkelman, Hon. Gary Griffith, Hon. Vonciel Jones Hill, Hon. Craig Holcomb, Hon. Sheffie Kadane, Hon. Linda Koop, Hon. Ann Margolin, Hon. Ron Natinsky, Hon. Dave Neumann, Hon. Mary Poss, Hon. Steve Salazar, Hon. Dr. Charles Tandy, and Hon. Erik Wilson.

“These are people who have been in the trenches of leading this city and know what it takes to be an effective Mayor of Dallas,” Rep. Johnson said. “I am honored that they believe I am the best person to lead Dallas, and the Dallas City Council, into the future.”

Dallas community leaders have rallied behind Rep. Johnson leading up to the June 8 runoff. He has also been endorsed by the Hon. Mike Rawlings and seven of his colleagues from the city’s current elected leadership, four former Dallas Mayors, U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, U.S. Rep. Lance Gooden, State Sen. Royce West, former State Sen. John Carona, Dallas Legislative Delegation Co-Chairs State Reps. Angie Chen Button and Victoria Neave, former Dallas Legislative Delegation Chair and Texas Legislative Black Caucus Chair Helen Giddings, five members of the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees, and several other current and former members of the Texas Legislature from both parties.

Please see the statements below from some of the former members of the Dallas City Council who endorsed Rep. Johnson on Monday:

“Eric understands Dallas — its neighborhoods, its needs, its challenges. He is a visionary who knows how to solve problems and get things done in an inclusive, positive way. He will make us proud as our representative to the country and the world.” — Hon. Ann Margolin

“I am honored to support and endorse Eric Johnson as our next Dallas Mayor. Eric has demonstrated bipartisan leadership both locally and as a State Representative for Dallas and its citizens by bringing communities together for the long-term best interest of neighborhoods and business. He is a grounded family man who will be a positive force we can count on to move Dallas forward to champion economic development across racial, quality of life, and geographic areas of our City. I am confident Eric will well represent my former constituents in Oak Cliff and Mountain Creek (District 3).” — Hon. Dave Neumann

“Eric has the ability to bring our communities and ideals together to work for a better Dallas. Adelante con Eric.” — Hon. Steve Salazar

“Eric’s the right person for the job at what is one of the toughest times in Dallas’ history. We need a leader who can be a Mayor for all of Dallas and lead the transition to the future. As someone who’s been involved with City Hall for over 35 years, I know what it takes and Eric can do it.”Hon. Ron Natinsky

“I believe Eric will bring a positive ‘Can Do’ energy to City Hall versus the negative divisiveness often portrayed by his opponent.” — Hon. Jerry Allen


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