District 24 

United States Representative

Beth Van Duyne
Brief biography
  • Regional Administrator for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (2017 - present)

  • Mayor of Irving, Texas (2011-2017)

  • Irving City Council Member (2004-2010)

  • B.A. in city and regional planning and government and law from Cornell University.

Main platform
  • lower the cost of healthcare 

  • stop the drug cartels and human traffickers from harming more of our citizens

  • pass an infrastructure bill

  • expand growth so our hard-working families have more job opportunities and higher wages

Healthcare
  • allow Associated Health Care plans (individuals and small businesses banding together in order to have equal purchasing power as corporations and labor unions)

  • Expand the use of health savings accounts

  • allow people to purchase insurance across state lines

  • make healthcare plans portable so they follow the individual.

Criminal Justice
  • Advocates for increased punishment of crimes of a “violent nature or crimes against others” to prevent criminals “released back into our neighborhoods where they commit further crimes.”

  • Calls for convictions to be registered with the National Instant Criminal Background Check system (NICS) to prevent violent offenders from being able to lawfully purchase firearms

Immigration
  • Believes in a pathway to legal status

  • Advocates for building more border wall and hiring more border agents to gain operational control  

  • Supports the “Remain in Mexico” policy

  • Wants to increase ICE agents and local law enforcement officers

Gun Reform
  • Believes violent criminals should be prevented from making a legal gun purchase

  • Believes gun laws should concentrate on criminals who commit violent crimes

Environmental Protection
  • Wants our country to continue making advances in technology that reduce emissions, have a smaller footprint for energy energy generation, and contribute to cleaner air, water, and soil

  • Is interested in next generation nuclear reactors

Candace Valenzuela
Brief Biography
  • First Latina and first African-American woman to serve on the Carrollton-Farmers Branch school board, serving since 2017.

  • Graduated from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, on a full scholarship

  • A mother of two, an educator, and a lifelong Texan.

Main Platform
  • Raise the minimum wage to $15/hour 

  • provide student loan debt relief

  • make healthcare affordable by providing public option to buy into Medicare

  • expand affordable housing and provide protections against housing discrimination

Healthcare
  • protect and expand the Affordable Care Act

  • lower the cost of prescription drugs

  • implement a public health care option

  • crack down on surprise medical billing

  • oppose all cuts to seniors’ Medicare and Social Security benefits and privatization of either program

Criminal Justice
  • Supports Campaign Zero, an advocacy group committed to ending excessive use of force by police 

  • establish a national database to track misconduct and the use of force across police departments

  • Would fight to end the use of no-knock warrants;

  • end qualified immunity, a civil liability shield for police officers that allows them to act with near impunity.

  • Eliminating cash bail system and private prisons

Immigration
  • Believes in a pathway to citizenship

  • Wants to ensure that those crossing our border to seek asylum are treated fairly and humanely

  • Would stand up against immigration enforcement raids and make sure that local and state police do not have the authority that Federal immigration agents have

Gun Reform
  • Will fight to end the gun show loophole (when buying from a private seller, background checks are not required)

  • Would vote to pass red flag laws and universal background checks

  • Would support a ban on assault weapons

  • Will work to make substantive investments in green infrastructure, creating thousands of jobs for TX-24 in the proces. 

  • Wants to significantly cut carbon emissions in the next decade 

  • Believes in providing strong incentives for businesses to help combat climate change

Environmental Protection