For Dallas Independent School District, Trustee, District 9
Justin Henry's passion for education started when he was a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin, when he realized that he was far less prepared than many of his peers. Convinced of the critical role a good public education can play, he went on to work for his State Senator advocating for the Top 10% law, which provides access to the state’s flagship universities for all students in Texas who graduate in the top 10% of their high school class. A committed educator, Justin turned down other job offers after college to teach middle school math in South Los Angeles. Since returning to Dallas eight years ago, Justin has served on a number of committees and boards on behalf of the District, including the District's Racial Equity Committee and the Citizen Budget Review Commission -- all while holding down his day job as a practicing attorney.
After making it into a runoff against the nine-year incumbent, Justin won this June as voters responded to his passion for education and his commitment to work collaboratively to deliver more funds and opportunities for students in the district. Indeed, the Dallas News again endorsed Justin in the runoff, noting he "smartly spent the weeks since the May election with an aggressive effort knocking on doors and attending community events, meeting constituents and spreading his message of the urgent need for collaborative leadership to help students in this district succeed." They also cited his earning the support of the other main challenger in the race in May. Passionate. Hard-working. Someone who doesn't take anything for granted and knows how to bring folks together. Justin is the kind of leader we're so proud to support.