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Press Release: Alec Johnson Launches District-wide 1st Responders Tour

Press Release For Immediate Release Date: Monday, October 1, 2018 Contact: Michael Cole Telephone: 903-483-4253 Email: MichaelCole@mail.com Website: www.AlecJohnsonForTexas.com Twitter: @AlecJohnson4TX Alec Johnson Launches District-wide 1st Responders Tour   What:...

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Official Campaign Statement regarding yesterday's Election:

Almost a year ago I agreed to challenge Travis Clardy in hopes of becoming State Representative for District 11. I agreed to do this before taking a serious look at the electoral history of this District. To say that my first look at the numbers was sobering would be an understatement. I thought it would be all but impossible to win. I also thought it was worth trying. The concept “Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win” has always appealed to me. I also felt compelled by the clarity with which I saw the very big challenges we face in Cherokee, Nacogdoches, Rusk Counties and the rest of Texas. I saw clearly how Travis Clardy was doing very little to help and quite a bit to harm the interests of the vast majority of people in this District and beyond. I really had no choice but to try.

I had worked on quite a few political campaigns and lost most of them. I knew defeat was far more likely than victory given that my opponent had every advantage. He had incumbency, name recognition, and always more than a hundred times the funds I had on hand. Yet throughout the campaign I had advantages he did not. First, I told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I pandered to no one. I advanced big solutions to the big problems we still face. I strived to move the Democratic Party away from the corruption of Wall Street and back towards the proud legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

And I took big risks. Awarded a Candidate’s Distinction from Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense, after the Santa Fe school shooting, I co-founded Texas Candidates for Gun Sense that came to number more than 50 candidates, including Beto O’Rourke. I took a clear stand against the NRA’s “Guns Everywhere” madness while championing sensible gun reform.

Most recently, I organized a support rally for Youth Plaintiffs suing the US Government for violating their civil rights with respect to Global Warming. Conventional campaign strategy would argue against championing either of these issues. Yet you measure the integrity of a candidate by the issues they’re prepared to lose an election over. Both of these issues represent my refusal to turn my back on the needs of our children and their righteous demand for a safe future.

Before going further, I want to try and thank the many people to whom I owe so much for supporting this campaign. First, I must thank my wife, Gloria. I leapt into this race before consulting her, but I atoned for that and remain hugely grateful to her for her forbearance and her support. That the way I conducted this race made her proud simply lights up my soul. The same can be said for my daughters, Eliza and Amelia, who were never more proud of anything I’ve done. My family’s support brings tears to my eyes.

I want to thank Mike Strong, Chairman of the Nacogdoches Democratic Party, for asking me to run in the first place. I think I surprised Mike with the speed with which I agreed to do so. Mike and I went on to forge a strong partnership which strengthened every aspect of this campaign. I also quickly learned of the tremendous support and encouragement I would know throughout the campaign from Rusk County Chair, Regina Adams and Cherokee County Chair, Bill Crowley. And I owe a debt to Ellann Lewis-Johnson, also of Cherokee County, for her early contributions to this campaign. Towards the end of this campaign it was my great good fortune to bring on board Michael Cole, who did a great deal to improve the effectiveness of our social media presence.

Throughout this effort, I enjoyed the support of a number of volunteers, too many to name here. But I must thank, in no particular order, Jesus and Perla Montelongo, Bryan Knotts, Mike Wicker, William Giddens and Elizabeth Garner for their substantial contributions to this campaign.

In closing let’s recall the words of Winston Churchill who declared, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Thinking of the thousands of people who voted for change, the scores of volunteers and supporters, I think together we possess the full measure of the courage to continue. Today we are daunted, but not defeated, bloodied but unbowed.

Together we brought more clear light, bright energy, and righteousness to this battle than Clardy has ever faced before. While we did not get the result we had hoped for, I’m convinced we’ve set the stage for future victories across East Texas. I want to thank you all from every atom of my being. Even in defeat, we have much to be grateful for. We are the change we’ve been looking for. And we cannot give up. We must continue. Thank you!
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While I was, of course, hoping for a different outcome with my campaign, I'm delighted that my collaboration with Sandy McCorvey paid off in his victory. Sandy will be an outstanding County Commissioner. Sandy worked very hard, taking an earlier defeat in stride, and mounted an inspiring campaign. I'm honored to have had a hand, however small, in helping him gain his victory yesterday! ... See MoreSee Less

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Only two hours left to vote! Polls are open until 7PM. This is the most consequential Election of our lives. Please make a plan to vote and execute your plan. Please vote a straight Democratic Party ticket, as I did. Thank you!

To find out your voting location visit www.txdemocrats.org

For a ride to the polls:

In Cherokee County call 800-880-5918
In Nacogdoches County call 936-657-0052
In Rusk County call 903-736-6115
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Across this District I find people are ready to take big steps for big gains. People are ready to win justice for our communities today and for our children’s future tomorrow.

We can work together to make our dreams for a more just world real.

Alec Johnson