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Rep. Eric Johnson Wins Runoff Race For Dallas Mayor


It’s official: After a monthlong runoff race and final voting Saturday, state Rep. Eric Johnson, a Democrat, is the new mayor of Dallas. 

Johnson replaces outgoing Mayor Mike Rawlings with his win sounding an alarm to progressives on the council that voters may be looking for a new leadership style at City Hall. 

Johnson secured 55% of the vote (41,000 votes) to beat outgoing City Council member Scott Griggs in a two-candidate runoff race, according to city of Dallas data.

Johnson obtained bipartisan backing from a who’s who of political donors on both sides of the aisle. 

When Bisnow reviewed campaign finance donations earlier this year, the money trail showed Johnson, who entered the race in 2019, with political action committee money from telecommunications, energy and defense-related sources, including AT&T PAC and the Raytheon PAC. 

Within CRE, Johnson received donations from Billingsley Co.'s Henry Billingsley. 

Numerous individuals associated with Dallas’ Hunt family, including Hunt Consolidated Executive Chairman Ray Hunt, Hunter Hunt and Nancy Hunt, also supported Johnson.  

Not only did Griggs face defeat on Saturday, one of his reported allies on City Council, Philip Kingston, lost his council seat to mortgage banker and real estate investor David Blewett, the Dallas Morning News reports.