Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson runs unopposed for re-election

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announced that he will run unopposed in the 2023 general election, making him the first person to do so since 1967.

Johnson became the first person since 1967 when Erik Jonsson was mayor to run unopposed.

“I am honored to serve as mayor of my hometown. We have made significant, measurable results for the people of Dallas over the past four years, and I look forward to continuing this incredible progress in my second term. Johnson said.

In January, Johnson told CBS 11 political reporter Jack Fink that his proudest accomplishments include a drop in the city’s violent crime rate. for two years and refusing to finance the police movement.

“I took a very strong stance against this when it wasn’t popular, and we were proven right, those of us who believe that you are not cutting the police budget, cutting overtime, and doing these things in the midst of a surge in violent crime.” Johnson said.

He also mentioned economic development.

“The whole world has been fighting the pandemic, but not everyone has bounced back the way we have – $14 billion in new investment in Dallas over the past four years, that’s extraordinary,” he said.

Johnson said that if he is re-elected, he will remain focused on these areas, and also said he would like to reduce homelessness and substantially increase the number of parks and green spaces in the city.

Johnson is the 60th mayor of Dallas, first elected in June 2019.

Council member Kara Mendelsohn is also running unopposed.

Election day is May 6, 2023.

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