November 8, 2013
Frisco councilman Johnson pulls out of Texas Senate race
by Robert T. Garrett
Frisco City Council member Scott Johnson has chosen not to seek a soon-to-be-vacated state Senate seat in Collin and Dallas counties.
Johnson said in a release Friday that it’s “not an optimum time in my life” to launch a campaign. He cited his and his wife’s four young children, an expanding business and his duties as a council member.
Still, he said, there’s a “need for an optimistic, conservative vision for the future.”
Johnson, who has served on the state Economic Development Corporation as an appointee of Gov. Rick Perry, would have had to take down state Rep. Van Taylor of Plano in the March 4 GOP primary.
Paxton is running for attorney general. Earlier this year, he garnered a two year Senate term, in a drawing among all senators for either two- or four-year terms. Former Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, once represented the district.