Reaction to Hodge withdrawal from race

Terri Hodge
Terri Hodge

Rep. Terri Hodge withdrew from the primary for reelection to her House seat and pleaded guilty to a charge of not reporting about $75,000 in income on Wednesday. Her trial would have started six days after the primary.

The district encompasses parts of Oak Lawn, including the southwest side of Cedar Springs Road.

Stonewall Democrats president Erin Moore said, “We’re sorry to have this happen. She’s been a great advocate for our causes, but she needs to take care of her personal matters.”

For the primary, Stonewall endorsed Hodge. Although it is a procedural matter, Moore said that the board would meet to discuss what happens with that endorsement. She could not change or rescind the endorsement herself.

Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance president Patti Fink said, “I think it’s a sad day for our community because she’s been such an amazing advocate for us in the House.”

Paul Scott, executive director of Equality Texas, said, “We have worked with Terri and she has been supportive and receptive during her tenure. She was supportive of the Resource Center, which was in her district. We look forward to continued support from Eric Johnson or whoever replaces her.”

—  David Taffet

Eric Johnson responds to Hodge's withdrawal from House race

Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson, candidate for Texas House District 100, has released a statement in response to incumbent State Rep. Terri Hodge’s announcement earlier today that she is ending her campaign for re-election to District 100 and pleading guilty to a federal criminal charge in connection with the Dallas City Hall corruption scandal. (Read Hodge’s statement here.)

In his statement, Johnson thanked Hodge for her 14 years’ of service to the people of District 14, and promised to “continue to keep Ms. Hodge and her family in our prayers.” He also called on Democrats to “come together as a party, as a district and as a city to achieve the improvements House District 100 so desperately needs,” and vowed to continue to “campaign over the next 27 days exactly as I have over the past eight months.”

Read Johnson’s statement in its entirety after the jump.

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Dallas Morning News wrong on Texas law in article about Hodge-Johnson race

Eric Johnson (left) and Terri Hodge
Eric Johnson (left) and Terri Hodge

In Friday’s Dallas Voice, Texas House candidate Eric Johnson said District 100 could be without a representative if incumbent Terri Hodge wins. He repeated that statement at a debate at St. Luke Community United Methodist Church.

In an article about the debate, Dallas Morning News reporter Gromer Jeffers Jr. said Johnson’s “facts weren’t quite right” — meaning that the Dallas Voice got it wrong as well.

Well, not according former Dallas County Democratic Chair Susan Hays or the Texas Secretary of State’s Office.

Hays agreed with what I wrote and contradicts The Morning News.

She said, “The statement that Johnson was ‘incorrect’ about what happens if Hodge is convicted of felony bribery is incorrect.”

—  David Taffet