Voters in Dallas have selected two candidates — Texas State Representative Eric Johnson and Dallas attorney Scott Griggs — to advance to a runoff in hopes of replacing outgoing, term-limited Mayor Mike Rawlings. Johnson and Griggs emerged from a crowded field of nine candidates, but the road was neither easy nor cheap.
Here’s a look at the final two candidates, their campaign money, and how they stack up against each other based on the general election as they head into the June 8th runoff.
|Eric Johnson||Scott Griggs|
|Total Number of Contributions||689||699|
|Cost Per Vote||$31.59||$16.84|
|Cash on Hand||$617,098||$35,248|
Eric Johnson, an attorney with three Ivy League degrees, is best known as a leading Democrat in the Texas House of Representatives. In his role as State Rep., among other issues he championed full day pre-kindergarten and the removal of Confederate monuments. After running unopposed in his re-election bid in 2018, Johnson launched a short-lived bid to replace outgoing Speaker Joe Straus. As that was likely to be unsuccessful in the Republican-controlled House, he soon pivoted and launched his bid for Dallas mayor.
Although Johnson was unopposed in the general election in November, he still managed to rake in $354,996. He continued to show his fundraising chops in the mayor’s race, particularly with the Dallas business crowd. His fundraising records show donations from Darwin Deason and his son Doug Deason, of Deason Capital Services, together the largest holders of Xerox stock. Johnson also received donations from Ray Hunt of Hunt Oil and Norm Miller of Interstate Batteries, among other high-profile Dallas business executives.
Overall, Johnson was the top vote-getter in Dallas on May 4th, winning 16,374 votes, just over 20 percent of the total vote share.
Dallas attorney Scott Griggs is a graduate of Texas A&M and the University of Texas School of Law. Griggs currently serves as City Councilman in Dallas, where he has a reputation as an outsider and a naysayer to expensive public projects. As a councilman he argued for increased pay for Dallas police and firefighters. In turn Griggs won the endorsement of the Dallas Firefighters Association and the Dallas Police Association. Griggs’ top donation was $7,500 from the Dallas Firefighters Association Public Safety Committee.
He earned his spot in the runoff by edging out the third place finisher, Lynn McBee, by about 3,500 votes. Griggs received 14,901 votes on May 4th, approximately 18.5 percent of the total votes cast.
While both Johnson and Griggs are Democrats, they are racking up endorsements from different interest groups. Johnson is ahead in the race for endorsements by other politicians — he’s collected the stamp of approval from three former Dallas mayors as well as many Democratic and a few Republican colleagues from the state legislature. Griggs on the other hand has been endorsed by fellow city council members as well as environmental and LGBTQ groups.
*According to reports filed with Dallas City Hall.
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Although Transparency Texas does not yet report data on local races, the campaign finance reports filed with Dallas City Hall may be found here.