Former Edinburg councilman dies

EDINBURG — Former city councilman Edward “Eddie” Johnson died at a hospital here Wednesday morning.

Johnson served a three-year term on the Edinburg City Council from 2003-06.

At just 29 years old, he successfully campaigned against then incumbent Arnold Benavidez for the Place 1 seat, running under the name Eddie Cisneros-Johnson.

He ran as a political ally of former Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia, and was defeated in 2006 by former councilman Gus Garcia Jr., who also previously served as executive director for the city’s economic development arm.

Johnson — a stepson of Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Homer Jasso Sr. and brother to Edinburg councilman Homer Jasso Jr. — also once served as a vice president for First National Bank.

He died at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance at the age of 45.

“When he first came on the city council he was easy to work with,” said former Edinburg councilman Gene Espinoza, who served alongside Johnson. “He was young and was willing to do more listening than talking so that he was able to grasp everything the city needed.”

Espinoza also said Johnson “was anxious to learn and learned from the people that had been on (the council), and he did that well.”

His brother, Jasso Jr., described him as a lucky man with a “positive personality and positive energy” in a Facebook post Wednesday afternoon.

“You were one of the most charismatic and kind hearted souls I’ve known,” he wrote. “You had the luck of an Irishman, whether you were in Vegas or hitting a hole in one at Tierra Santa Golf Course and winning a Lexus. You were always a winner. I am proud to call you my brother.”

Before serving on the council, Johnson also served on the Edinburg Planning and Zoning board, as well as the Edinburg Parks and Recreation board.