Turnout in Tuesday’s Texas House District 100 election to replace now-Mayor Eric Johnson was dismal even by Dallas standards.
Fewer than 2,500 of nearly 87,000 voters in the district participated in the special runoff election—just a 2.9 percent turnout.
Lorraine Birabil won with 66 percent of the vote over fellow Democrat James Armstrong III.
Birabil is a recent law school graduate and long-time activist for Democrat causes like fighting Texas’ photo voter ID law. She formerly worked for U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey (D–Fort Worth) and on the campaigns of Beto O’Rourke, Wendy Davis, Mike Rawlings, and Clay Jenkins. Last year she did a stint with Annie’s List, an organization dedicated to putting pro-abortion Democrat women like Birabil in office.
Johnson was in his fifth term as the district’s state representative when he was elected mayor of Dallas last June. Birabil will fill Johnson’s unexpired term, which ends in January 2021.