The race between former Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne and former Carrollton-Farmers Department ISD trustee Candace Valenzuela for Texas’ twenty fourth Congressional District is within the nationwide highlight.
Commercials from each the candidates and outdoors teams have flooded the North Texas tv market. Democrats have excessive hopes of flipping the district, which Republican Kenny Marchant has held since 2005. Marchant announced in August 2019 he was retiring.
Van Duyne was mayor of Irving from 2011-17 and later served within the Trump administration within the Division of Housing and City Improvement.
“I feel our focus must be on opening the financial system again up safely, and I’ve had somewhat expertise with that,” she mentioned. “After I was elected to be mayor in 2011 we have been popping out of a recession, and I targeted on bringing jobs into the group.”
Valenzuela overcame homelessness as a toddler and is the primary in her household to graduate from faculty.
“I’m operating to deal with people who’ve urgencies that aren’t being met by members of Congress who’ve by no means skilled what it’s prefer to wrestle to place meals on the desk, or preserve a roof over their heads, or to see their kids succeed,” Valenzuela mentioned.
A North Texas educator and a former North Texas mayor are vying for the Texas Congressional District 24 seat held by retiring Coppell Republican Kenny Marchant. NBC 5 talks with Democrat Candace Valenzuela and Republican Beth Van Duyne on why they deserve your vote. Plus, a look forward to the primary presidential debate occurring in Ohio.
Well being care is a crucial challenge for voters on this election cycle. Van Duyne mentioned she is a powerful proponent for plans that shield preexisting circumstances. She doesn’t assist the Reasonably priced Care Act.
“What we’ve got seen via the Reasonably priced Care Act is will increase in prices, decreases in entry, and fairly actually decreases in high quality,” she mentioned. “I feel folks. given the selection. would select to have their very own plans and have the ability to personalize them, versus a one measurement suits all authorities plan.”
Valenzuela advocates for a public possibility and pledges to guard pre-existing circumstances.
“The system of care I’m advocating for is a sturdy public possibility so people can select to not have it, but it surely covers 100% of prices for folks making underneath $50,000 a 12 months and 90% of prices for folk that make greater than $50,000 a 12 months,” she mentioned.