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.
Eric Johnson: “As a longtime resident of House District 100, I want to thank Terri Hodge for her service to our district. My wife, Nakita, and I will continue to keep Ms. Hodge and her family in our prayers.
“My only reason for running for state representative in House District 100 is to serve the people of our district by helping to bring about the change they want and need. I remain steadfast in that desire.
“I promise residents of House District 100 I will work with local, state, and federal officials to accomplish our goals of improving our public schools, bringing more high-paying jobs to our district, and making our communities safer, regardless of whether or not these people supported me in the past.
“Now is the time for us to put aside past differences and restore the public’s trust in our ability to govern according to Democratic principles. It is my sincere hope that in response to today’s events, we will come together as a party, as a district, and as a city to achieve the improvements House District 100 so desperately needs.
“Voters in House District 100 still have a very important choice to make on March 2nd. I intend to campaign over the next 27 days exactly as I have for the past eight months – by knocking on voters’ doors, calling them on the telephone, and meeting with them in the community to discuss our shared hopes and dreams for the future of our great district.”
— Eric Johnson
Democrat for State Representative
House District 100