Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Coppell/Carrollton) was first elected in 2004 and, until November, was not in a close re-election. With a changing district and 2018 Senate nominee Beto O’Rourke (D) topping incumbent Ted Cruz (R) in this CD that surrounds DFW Airport, Rep. Marchant’s victory margin dropped to 51-48%.
Yesterday, 2018 Democratic nominee Jan McDowell, who didn’t even spend $100,000 on her campaign, confirmed that she will run again. So will 2018 Agriculture Commissioner candidate Kim Olson, a retired Air Force Colonel who ran well statewide, 51-45%, in a losing effort. Also in the Democratic primary is Carrollton-Farmers Branch School Board Trustee Candace Valenzuela. Therefore, in what has traditionally been a quiet political district, we can expect to see serious competition in both the Democratic primary and general election next year.
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