DALLAS — State Representative Eric Johnson won the runoff election Saturday night to become Dallas’ next mayor.

“What Dallas proved tonight,” Johnson told supporters, “is that if you work hard and allow the people of the city to help you, the sky is the limit. I’ve always put my faith in two places – in the good Lord and the voters of the city of Dallas. I’ve never been let down by either.”

Johnson defeated councilman Scott Griggs with 55% of the vote compared to Griggs’ 44%.

“I want to commend Scott Griggs on running a hard race and thank him for his eight years of public service,” Johnson said.

Johnson, who campaigned as a consensus builder, was the front-runner all along, having emerged as the top vote-getter in the May 4 election.

He will be inaugurated to his new position on Monday, June 17, at Dallas’ Winspear Opera House.

Johnson, 43, had humble beginnings growing up in West Dallas. He got some lucky breaks and a private school education. He was eventually elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat.

Outgoing Mayor Mike Rawlings — along with a majority of the city council — backed Johnson in the runoff. He was widely seen as the establishment candidate.

Griggs, term-limited off city council, ran on a “Dallas First” campaign and won endorsements from the Dallas Police Association and from firefighters.

On Saturday afternoon, Griggs and his campaign said they felt confident going into the runoff election, but never could make up a double-digit percentage deficit after the early vote totals were released at 7:00 p.m.