Today on the show, host and NewDEAL Leader Ryan Coonerty talks with Eric Johnson, the mayor of Dallas, Texas, about how the city achieved a post-pandemic bounce back in jobs as well as a reduction in violent crime, what is left to be done, and why he was drawn to public service. We discuss Eric’s non-partisan style of governance, how this has helped him better serve voters, and why nuance is critical. He shares how a study funded in part by the Bloomberg Philanthropies Organization motivated his decision to hire a workforce czar and some of the changes he hopes to see. He speaks on what workforce development means today and how Dallas continues to work in helping what he has termed the “working poor.” We delve into some of the voter reform changes that Eric has been working on getting passed. He even takes time to talk about the two-party system, and the idea of other parties arising in hopes of representing the spectrum of each party.
Stay tuned to the end of the episode to hear about some of Dallas’s award-winning green spaces and Bon Appetit-listed restaurants!