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Rockwall Mayor Pro Tem Trace Johannesen announces bid for mayor

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Current Rockwall Mayor Pro Tem Trace Johannesen announces he will run for Mayor this coming spring. This will be his final term on City Council.

“It has been an honor these past three terms to serve on City Council. I’m proud to live in such a wonderful city as Rockwall. Our city staff does a wonderful job of serving our citizens. They also enable the public safety we enjoy here.

“I’m also quite proud of what we’ve accomplished via the Rockwall Economic Development Corporation in terms of long-term business development for the city. These businesses offset our homeowner tax burdens and create new jobs. We welcome them with open arms.

“During my final term, as mayor, I intend to maintain the same fiscal responsibility, reasonable growth and absolute governmental transparency we’ve had to date. None of these will change.”

Elected to City Council in 2018, Johannesen currently serves as Rockwall Emergency Services Corporation board member, the REDC Council Liasion, on the Finance Committee and on the Airport Board Committee. In the past, he served on the Flag Committee and as RISD Liaison. Johannesen also currently serves as 2nd Vice Commander for your local Terry Fisher American Legion Post 117, a founding member of the Chamber’s Rockwall Veterans Business Alliance (RVBA), a founding member of 100 Business Leaders of Rockwall County, and a member of Rockwall County Republican Men’s Club. He is a former member of the city’s Architectural Review Board, Stingerette prop dads and RHS Walk the Line Choir Booster Club.

Following the terrorist attacks in September 2001, he left his job to enlist as a fourth-generation US Marine. He attained the rank of Sergeant in the infantry and returned a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom with five years total active duty. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a former member of both the Corps of Cadets and the Aggie Band.

Today, Johannesen is a Senior Client Partner at Toptal. He lives in Rockwall with his wonderful wife Amy – a business coach – and children Kassidy, Joshua, Cash, Roman and Caroline.

He likes selfless service, Real Texas Wine, songwriters and term limits. He dislikes slow drivers in the left lane, bro-country, the Oxford Comma and taking himself too seriously.

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