Assessing Dallas mayor's original campaign promises
Mayor Eric Johnson has kept most of the promises he made while campaigning for the office in 2019.
Driving the news: Johnson ran unopposed for a second term this year, receiving 93% of the vote in the May 6 election.
The big picture: Johnson was unopposed partially because he had amassed a large campaign coffer early in the election cycle — and partially because he's delivered on his biggest campaign promises.
- His job approval rating was 77%, according to a survey released in March.
Catch up quick: When he entered the mayoral race in January 2019, Johnson told voters he wanted city leaders to "move beyond the old divisions at City Hall and work together toward real solutions."
- He also said Dallas would be "a city of strong, safe neighborhoods where families thrive and where every child has the opportunities to succeed."
- In the wake of several corruption scandals, he also promised to eradicate corruption at City Hall.
How he's done: For better or worse, the City Council is much more unified than it was when Johnson took office.
- City Council voted almost unanimously in favor of a measure that allowed the public to approve a $4 billion convention center and $300 million to renovate Fair Park — despite concerns about the viability of the convention industry.
- The city has also become a model for policing, bucking national crime trends.
- Dallas also passed an ethics reform package and hired the city's first full-time ethics watchdog.
Yes, but: Some city leaders are concerned that the billions spent on the new convention center amount to a "land grab" that would mostly benefit the wealthy developers who own the land around the convention center.
Plus: Dallas is the largest of several North Texas cities dealing with what experts have called a school system crisis. Class sizes are swelling, education costs are rising and teachers are quitting in record numbers.
- DISD superintendent Stephanie Elizalde recently called it an emergency.
What they're saying: "I am focused on the future. I will finish the work I started in my first term and more," Johnson tells Axios.
- "Because public safety remains my top priority, I will continue to leverage every available tool to achieve our goal of making Dallas the safest large city in America."
What's next: Johnson says that going forward he'll focus on property-tax relief and stabilizing the first responders' pension.
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