Following a thorough process of written questionnaires and virtual interviews, the members of the Texas Organizing Project (TOP) have voted to endorse Jennifer Cortez for Dallas City Council District 2, Maxie Johnson for Dallas City Council District 4, and Walter “Changa” Higgins for Dallas City Council District 7.
TOP Board President Eric Mata of Dallas County issued the following statement:
“Amid a pandemic and in the aftermath of a brutal winter storm, the need for public servants who understand the magnitude of this political moment, as well as the inequities holding Dallas’ Black and Latino residents back, is as clear as day. City council candidates Jennifer Cortez, Maxie Johnson, and Walter “Changa” Higgins grasp the urgency of this time we’re in and have what it takes to enact bold, progressive policy solutions that will lift up our communities.
“Jennifer Cortez knows this is a critical moment for the future of Dallas. As a Latina entrepreneur and community organizer who has fought for more equity in our city, she is ready to advance the needs of District 2 and fight for transformative change that will help our neighborhoods thrive.
“Maxie Johnson is a pastor and current Dallas ISD trustee who is running for District 4’s seat to provide residents with the quality representation they deserve at City Hall. He knows our city government must do more to help households hit hard by the pandemic as well as the recent winter storm, and he is ready to fight for the bold changes our communities need to recover and flourish.
“Walter “Changa” Higgins is a father, small business owner, problem-solver, and community organizer who understands the struggles our communities face because he has lived them himself. He will be a fierce advocate for District 7’s Black and Latino families.
“From environmental justice, to immigrants’ rights, to police accountability, Jennifer, Maxi, and Changa are impressive community leaders who know the status quo is unacceptable and leaving far too many Black and Latino families behind. These candidates committed to racial and economic justice are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work for Dallas.”
Texas Organizing Project organizes Black and Latino communities in Dallas, Harris and Bexar counties with the goal of transforming Texas into a state where working people of color have the power and representation they deserve. For more information, visit organizetexas.org.