Honorable Carl Sherman Files for House District 109; Announces Endorsements!

Honorable Carl Sherman Files for House District 109; Announces Endorsements!


Pledges to Bring Common-Sense Governance, Civic Experience and Business Acumen to Austin

Dallas County, Texas – Saturday, December 9, 2017: Today former DeSoto Mayor Carl O. Sherman, Sr. officially filed his candidacy for the Texas State House of Representatives District 109 at the Dallas County Democratic Party Headquarters. Mayor Sherman, the first African-American Mayor in DeSoto’s history, received an abundance of encouragement from stakeholders to run following last week’s announcement of retirement by Representative Helen Giddings.

“I am excited about the opportunity to hit the campaign trail and earn every single vote,” Sherman said, “The people of District 109 are the most politically engaged in all of Texas – and our team of supporters will lay out a bold vision to go to Austin and get things done!”

Sherman’s tenure as Mayor include a litany of progressive victories for southern Dallas County. Under his leadership, DeSoto became one of the first cities in Texas to provide body cameras for all police officers. Sherman has also worked tirelessly to bring quality employment opportunities and business growth to the region, including leading the negotiations to attract the number one Kohl’s E-Commerce facility in the United States. Mayor Sherman’s ‘smart growth’ philosophy included securing funds to ensure that access to quality, affordable housing and safe neighborhoods for every citizen remains at the forefront of economic development decisions. “We must place people in front of profits and I will work every day with this as my guiding principle,” Sherman says.

“Mayor Sherman is an experienced leader who knows how to get things done, and I am confident he will build on the successes of southern Dallas County and serve the citizens of District 109 well. He has earned my endorsement and my support,” says State Representative Helen Giddings.

Dallas City Councilman Tennell Atkins calls Mayor Sherman a “servant leader” and “coalition builder.” “On the Dallas City Council, I partnered with him to successfully complete the $6 million dollar Danieldale Road project and I know first-hand that his problem solving skills will benefit Oak Cliff and all of southern Dallas County,” Atkins exclaims. DeSoto Mayor Curtistene McCowan believes that Mr. Sherman’s work at the local, grassroots level and experience as a business owner will bring a fresh perspective to Austin. “Mayor Sherman understands how legislation coming out of Austin impacts local communities,” McCowan says, “We need a champion for families and community and that’s why I support Carl Sherman.”

“I am humbled by the support of Representative Giddings and the Mayors in her District. If elected, every single day I am blessed to serve I pledge to make thoughtful decisions geared toward improving the quality of life for working families. And I will fight to ensure that Austin is working for you – for high quality education, increased wages, affordable housing and better healthcare. Let’s get to work!”

About Carl Sherman, Sr.: In 2010, Mr. Carl Sherman, Sr. was elected as the first African-American Mayor of DeSoto, Texas. Mayor Sherman, a successful entrepreneur, businessman and city manager, was also appointed to the NTTA Board of Directors by the Dallas County Commissioners Court in October 2016. For his tremendous business success and civic leadership, Mayor Sherman was recognized by the Dallas Urban League as one of the Most Promising Leaders of the 21st Century. Mayor Sherman also serves as senior pastor for two Church of Christ congregations in the cities of Hutchins and Wilmer. In all his endeavors, this esteemed Texan has benefited from the love and support of Michelle, his lovely wife of 30 years, as well as that of his five children and three grandchildren.

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