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State Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, announced Tuesday that he would run to become his city’s next mayor.
“I believe I offer the citizens of Dallas a unique combination of experience, energy and creativity when it comes to solving problems, along with a proven track record of working well with people from varying backgrounds in order to accomplish great things,” Johnson said in his announcement. “I have represented one of the most diverse House districts in the state for nearly a decade and I’ve shown that I can bring people together to get the job done for all of our families.”
Johnson has been a state lawmaker since 2010 and was the only Democratic candidate for Texas House speaker in 2018. His announcement makes him the 10th candidate for mayor, a group that includes Johnson’s former colleague, former state Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, who lost his primary in 2018, according to The Dallas Morning News.
If Johnson wins the election, it would create a vacancy in the Texas House for District 100. Since the midterm elections, three Democrats have left the chamber. Carol Alvarado of Houston won a special election to the Texas Senate, Justin Rodriguez of San Antonio resigned to become a Bexar County commissioner, and Joe Pickett of El Paso resigned for health reasons.
Johnson most recently led the campaign to remove a plaque in the Texas Capitol that honors the Confederacy and states that slavery was not a cause of the Civil War, which most historians call inaccurate. The State Preservation Board voted to remove the plaque Jan. 11.
The lawmaker said he would not resign to run for mayor.
“I plan to work harder and be more effective down in Austin than I’ve ever been,” he said in a statement following the announcement. “I have an energy and passion for public service that is hard to put into words.”
Election day in Dallas is May 9.