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State Representative Michelle Beckley, one of the House Democrats camping in Washington, DC, announced on Tuesday that she was challenging United States Representative Beth Van Duyne, R-Irving, a national Democratic target.
Beckley unveiled his plans in a video shot in a hotel room in the nation’s capital, where House Democrats fled earlier this month to break the quorum to protest the National Priority Election Bill. republicans. In the video, Beckley compared his engagement in the voting rights battle with Van Duyne’s vote earlier this year to oppose the 2020 election results in Pennsylvania.
“Beth Van Duyne can shirk her duty to defend democracy, but I can’t,” says Beckley.
Beckley launched his campaign with the support of 30 fellow House Democrats, including caucus chair Chris Turner and Joe Moody, whom House Speaker Dade Phelan R-Beaumont removed as acting chair in retaliation when the quorum is broken.
Beckley is the second serious Democratic opponent Van Duyne has attracted. Earlier this month, she drew a challenge from Derrik Gay, Carrollton’s tax lawyer and former Marine Corps intelligence officer.
Van Duyne is one of two Texas Republicans the Congressional Democratic campaign committee is targeting for re-election, the other being Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-San Antonio. Van Duyne had the closest congressional race to Texas last year, winning 1 percentage point.
The boundaries of its 24th district in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are subject to change ahead of the 2022 election due to the redistribution.
While Van Duyne voted to oppose Pennsylvania’s results, she was the only Texan to split her vote and support certification of Arizona’s results. These votes came hours after the murderous insurgency on the United States Capitol.
Beckley won his State House seat in 2018, defeating Republican Rep. Ron Simmons of Carrollton. She fought off GOP challenger Kronda Thimesch two years later, winning by a 3-point margin. Thimesch is running for the seat again in 2022.