Hopes of turning southeast Denton County’s House District (HD) 65 red quickly evaporated on Tuesday night after Rep. Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton) handily defeated Republican challenger Kronda Thimesch.
Beckley received 51.5 percent of the ballots, which amounted to 40,416 votes, while Thimesch only received 48.5 percent of the ballots with 38,065 votes.
On Facebook, Beckley thanked her supporters and said she looked forward to another term.
“Thank you everyone who helped us! I look forward to representing you for another 2 years,” Beckley said.
Thimesch also said she was “incredibly thankful” for everyone who worked on her campaign.
“We fought hard and can hold our heads up high for the way we ran our race,” Thimesch said. “I know, like me, you are disappointed in the outcome. But we trust the Lord in all circumstances, even when things don’t turn out as we had hoped or planned.”
The contest was not particularly expensive, especially compared to some of the closer races. Between the two candidates, they raised less than a quarter million dollars over the course of their campaigns. Thimesch raised $130,222 while Beckley raised $108,005.
Thimesch underscored her five years of experience on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees and advocated for teacher raises and “getting smart on education.”
Among other policies, Beckley supports expanding Medicaid, gun restrictions, and legalizing recreational use of marijuana. She is also staunchly against school voucher systems, which she says have “failed time and time again.”
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Hayden Sparks is a reporter for The Texan in Dallas. During the academic year, he coaches high school competitive speech and debate and has also been involved in community theater and politics. A native Texan, Hayden served as a delegate at the Republican Party of Texas Convention in 2016. He is on track to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Liberty University. In his free time, Hayden is known to take walks around the neighborhood while listening to random music on Spotify.