Church of Christ member rose from humble roots to lead nation’s ninth-largest city.
By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle
On the morning after winning election as the next mayor of Dallas, Eric Johnson returned to his roots — the Dallas West Church of Christ.
At the congregation where the 43-year-old lawyer and state representative grew up, fellow Christians formed a circle, held hands and prayed for Johnson’s success leading the city of 1.3 million people.
“Every single time that I have stood before the voters of Dallas, I have put my faith in two places — in the good Lord above and in the voters,” Johnson said in his victory speech Saturday night. “And in every case, I have not been let down. Ever.”
In defeating Dallas City Council member Scott Griggs, Johnson “campaigned on bringing the city together to solve its nagging problems, effectively casting Griggs as a dangerous divider who would set the city backward,” the Dallas Morning News reported.
The little boy from a working-class family attended first grade at C.F. Carr Elementary School — within walking distance of the Dallas West church — before receiving a Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas scholarship to attend a private school. He later earned degrees from three Ivy League universities.
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