American Thinker –
As an open seat following Kenny Marchant’s retirement announcement, the race for Texas’ 24th District is regarded by national pundits as quite competitive. District 24 has traditionally been solid Republican territory, but Democrats are doing their best to turn it blue. Because of multiple Republican retirements, Nancy Pelosi dreams of expanding her House majority in 2020. She will not be able to fool the residents of Texas District 24. They still remember how, as a popular and effective mayor, Beth Van Duyne made the City of Irving an economic powerhouse, one of the safest cities, and one of the best places to live in America.
Van Duyne served as Irving’s mayor from 2011 to 2017 and joined the Trump administration in May 2017 to become the regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s southwest regional office in Fort Worth. In August 2019, she decided it was time to serve her district in a different capacity. On her Facebook page, she said: “My name is Beth Van Duyne and I’m running for Congress because I know the people of the 24th District deserve to have a strong, principled voice in Congress.”
Before Van Duyne can get to the general election, she must beat her Republican primary challengers on March 3, 2020. Primaries can be just as tough as general elections. But the residents of her district, like in the past, should remain steadfast and stand fully behind her, a solid constitutional conservative, and support her through both the primary and general elections.
In an interview with Jimmy Atkinson, she explained her role as a mayor of the City of Irving as well as HUD’s prospect:
I was on the City Council for six years and then mayor for six years. I just had a passion. I was a homeowner and a mom, and I just had a passion for working within my city, and I saw a need for strong representatives, and I threw my hat in the ring. We have a very diverse city, are one of the top hundred largest cities in the country with a population of about 250,000 and are home of six Fortune 500 company headquarters.
Under Van Duyne’s leadership, Irving blossomed into an economic powerhouse, and the city passed a balanced budget, increased property values, and delivered AAA ratings from Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s during one of the weakest economic periods in America’s history. read more