“It’s wonderful,” Johnson said. “I’m really proud to be in the Legislature. I’m proud to show the world that LGBT families are just like them. We get married, we have kids, we celebrate the same losses and tragedies in our lives as everyone else.”
On Tuesday, Jessica González and Julie Johnson, who are lesbians, were elected to represent the Dallas area, and Erin Zwiener, who is bisexual, was chosen to represent central Texas. González and Johnson will be the first openly gay lawmakers to represent Dallas-Fort Worth. All three ran as Democrats.
We just finished a remarkably busy round of early voting, and Texans have just one more day — tomorrow — to cast ballots for candidates in 14 statewide offices, 36 congressional seats, seven of 15 seats on the State Board of Education, 15 of the 31 seats in the Texas Senate and 150 seats in the Texas House — and that’s before you get to local races and referenda lower on the ballot.
Julie Johnson, the plain-spoken lawyer who is up against Rinaldi, is frank about the fact that she stepped up to the plate in large part because she was needed. “I was asked. That’s the power of the ask, sometimes,” she says in a back room of her campaign headquarters in a storefront just down the street from Rinaldi’s.
In the race for Texas House District 115, we recommend challenger Julie Johnson, an attorney and Democrat. Johnson won our support in the primary and has since picked up GOP endorsements, too — including from former Rep. Bennett Ratliff.
Julie Johnson, who’s running against Rinaldi to represent northwest Dallas County, said she was honored to receive the endorsement.
“Just as President Obama made it his priority to make health care and education a central part of his legacy, I will be striving to do the same down in Austin so we can make House District 115 an even better place to live and work,” she said in a written statement. “This isn’t just my endorsement — it’s an endorsement of the incredible fight we have put up thus far, together.”