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State Rep. Julie Johnson announces she is running for U.S. Rep. Colin Allred’s seat

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State Rep. Julie Johnson, D-Carrollton, announced Tuesday she's running to replace U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, kicking off her campaign with a significant show of support from inside her party.

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In an announcement , Johnson highlighted her experience as an LGBTQ Texan, mother, lawyer and state legislator who unseated a Republican in 2018.

“From every table — the kitchen, to the courtroom, and in the Texas Legislature — I already know how to get the job done and win the toughest battles,” Johnson said, adding that she is running to “turn the tables in Washington and make government work for you.”

Johnson joins a crowded Democratic primary to succeed Allred, who is giving up his solidly blue seat to challenge U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz next year. Other Democrats who have announced campaigns include Dallas trauma surgeon Brian Williams, Dallas civil rights attorney Justin Moore, and prior North Texas congressional candidates Sandeep Srivastava and Jan McDowell.

Johnson's campaign has been long anticipated, and she begins with a list of notable endorsers. They include the Texas chapter of the American Federation of Teachers; the Human Rights Campaign; state Reps. Venton Jones of Dallas and Donna Howard of Austin; and U.S. Reps. Ritchie Torres of New York and Mark Takano of California. Torres and Takano are co-chairs of the Congressional Equality Caucus.

Johnson has also assembled a finance committee with over 60 members. Its chair is Morgan Cox, the Dallas-based chair of the Human Rights Campaign board of directors.

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Johnson appears to be the only Democratic member of the Legislature who will run for the seat. Some others from the area, like Reps. Rhetta Bowers and Ana Maria Ramos, have already ruled out running.

Johnson's decision to run for Congress opens up her state House seat in northwest Dallas County. Shortly after Johnson announced her congressional campaign, Dallas lawyer Cassandra Hernandez announced she would run to succeed Johnson in Texas House District 115, which favors Democrats. Hernandez ran last year for a nearby state House district, losing in a Democratic primary runoff.

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Correction, :

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U.S. Rep. Mark Takano is from California, not Wisconsin as originally identified.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/20/congress-julie-johnson-colin-allred/.

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www.kxan.com – Abigail Jones – 2024-02-29 15:40:32

SUMMARY: Central Texans can celebrate the April 8 total eclipse at the two-day Arch Ray Solar Eclipse Fest in Fredericksburg, Texas. The festival will feature bands like the Goo Goo Dolls and Switchfoot and offer activities such as taxidermy and weddings. Tickets start at $129 and include overnight RV accommodations at the Arch Ray Resort, which has a winery, brewery, distillery, and restaurant. The festival is designed to provide an intimate and exceptional experience, with limited tickets available. The lineup includes live music on April 7 and April 8. Tickets range from $129-$269, with different pricing tiers available.

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Paul Pogba news: World Cup winner, Juventus soccer midfielder tests for testosterone, banned 4 years by Italy anti-doping court

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SUMMARY: Paul Pogba’s career appears to be in jeopardy as he was banned for four years by Italy’s anti-doping court for testing positive for testosterone while at Juventus. Pogba plans to appeal the verdict, but chances of success are slim. The positive test stemmed from an exam after a game in August. Pogba denied knowingly taking any banned substances and expressed shock and sadness over the ruling. His contract with Juventus may now be terminated early. Pogba’s career has been marred by injuries since rejoining Juventus, following a successful stint at Manchester United. The case is still ongoing in France, where extortion allegations have been made against him.

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Construction starts for Dripping Springs skatepark, named after Dorian Kweller

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www.kxan.com – Abigail Jones – 2024-02-29 13:43:37

SUMMARY: Construction has begun on the Dorian Zev Kweller Memorial Skatepark in Dripping Springs, named after Ben Kweller’s late son who was a passionate skateboarder. The park is expected to be completed by 2024 and will be funded by a 2020 bond. Dorian was known for his influence in the local skateboarding community and frequently visited skate spots with his guitar. He also helped raise funds for the park, which was approved by the city council in 2017. The 10,000 square foot park at Founders Memorial Park aims to provide a safe space for skateboarders in the city.

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