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October 22, 2020      5:30 PM

In the only blue Texas House district in Denton County, GOP challenger takes a different approach

It is a district that rejected hardline social conservatives but voted for mainstream Republicans; will that lead to a full embrace of Democrats?

Rep. Michelle Beckley, D-Carrollton, likes to say, “Denton County is Democratic.”

To the surprise of even some members of her own party, she proved in 2018 that it is at least purple when she defeated former Rep. Ron Simmons and Justice of the Peace Chris Lopez defeated incumbent Republican Gary W. Blanscet. They were just shy of victory against GOP County Commissioner Ron Marchant. He defeated Democrat Brandy Jones by less than 360 votes.

Rep. Beckley faces former Lewisville Independent School District trustee Kronda Thimesch for the eastern Denton County House District 65 – considered one of the most competitive races in North Texas.

Should Beckley win a second term, it will help answer whether Denton County really is trending Democratic and if the last election result was more than simply attributable to “Betomania.”

According to the latest campaign finance reports, Beckley and Thimesch are attracting a lot of money in what polling suggests is a tight race.

By James Russell

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