Three Former Dallas Mayors Endorse Eric Johnson

Staff Press Releases

For Immediate Release
May 6, 2019

Dallas, TX – Three former Dallas Mayors on Monday endorsed State Rep. Eric Johnson in the June 8 runoff to determine the next Mayor of Dallas.

Johnson earned the endorsements of former Mayors Ron Kirk, Tom Leppert and Steve Bartlett.

“I am honored to have the support of these three former Mayors, all of whom provided strong and visionary leadership for Dallas,” Rep. Johnson said.

The three former Mayors join a historically diverse, dynamic coalition of Dallasites supporting Johnson, who finished in first place among nine candidates for Mayor in Saturday’s election.

"Eric has been a champion for Dallas in the Legislature and can put his talents to even greater use leading our city as Mayor," said Ambassador Kirk, who served as Mayor from 1995 to 2002. "Eric has a proven track record of bringing people together and leading with civility and absolute integrity. He is a native son of Dallas with the vision, energy and commitment to help make Dallas a better city for all of us."

Leppert, who served as Mayor of Dallas from 2007 to 2011, added, “Eric understands the opportunities, but also the challenges, Dallas is facing. He is committed to expanding our economic base and providing the fiscally sound, responsible leadership that Dallas will need for long-term success. He has my full support in this critical election.”

Bartlett, who was Mayor from 1991 to 1995, said, “I’m most impressed by Representative Johnson’s collaborative leadership style. He clearly sees the vision for a better Dallas and he involves the entire community in achieving it.”

Johnson, who has represented Dallas in the Texas House of Representatives for the last nine years, is running an expansive grassroots campaign that prioritizes workforce readiness, education, public safety, street improvements and ethics reform.

“Much of what makes Dallas a vibrant, successful city today resulted from the leadership of Ron Kirk, Tom Leppert and Steve Bartlett,” Johnson said. “As these three major endorsements show, our diverse base of support will only grow stronger as we approach June 8 and continue to earn the votes of Dallas residents.”

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