Who is Candace Valenzuela? Candace Valenzuela (Democrat) is running for election to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent the 24th Congressional District of Texas. She is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. She advanced from the Democratic primary on July 14, 2020. Valenzuela was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Carrollton Farmers Independent School District in Texas. She took office in 2017. She left the post on December 5, 2019. Valenzuela resigned from the Board of Directors of the Carrollton-Farmers branch in December 2019 to focus on her congressional campaign.
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Valenzuela graduated from Claremont McKenna College. In her 2020 campaign, her professional experience included working with students with special needs and being a mentor and tutor to young people.
2020 battlefield election
Candace Valenzuela (D), Beth Van Duyne (R) and three other candidates are running in the general election for Texas’ 24th Congressional District on November 3, 2020. Acting Representative Kenny Marchant (R), who was first elected in 2004, did not run for re-election.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) aims to target 24th texas in 2020.  Both the DCCC and the Republican National Congressional Committee offered support to their respective candidates.
In 2016 and 2018, Marchant defeated challenger Jan McDowell (D) 56% to 39% and 51% to 48%, respectively. The district was last represented by a Democrat in 2005. Beto O’Rourke (D) won the district in the Texas Senate election in 2018 with 51% of the vote against 48% for Ted Cruz (R). Cruz won the state election.
Donald Trump (R) defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election by 51% to 45%. In 2012, Mitt Romney (R) won the district with 60% of the vote against 38% for Barack Obama (D).
Third-party, independent and registered candidates include Darren Hamilton (L), Mark Bauer (I) and Stephen Kuzmich (I).
The outcome of this race will affect partisan control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 117th Congress. All 435 House seats are up for grabs. By October 2020, Democrats had a majority of 232 to 198 over Republicans. The Libertarian Party has a seat. Four seats are vacant. Democrats are defending 30 districts that Donald Trump (R) won in 2016. Republicans are defending five districts that Hillary Clinton (D) won in 2016.