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Texas House of Representatives District 65

Kronda Thimesch

Kronda Thimesch is the Republican Candidate. A small-business owner, Thimesch is a former School Board Trustee for Lewisville ISD, a community activist and Republican Precinct Chair in Denton County, and a mother to four children. Thimesch’s top priorities are improving safety in our Texas communities by fully funding local police departments, investing more state funds in public education, reducing property taxes for Texas homeowners, supporting small-businesses and further expanding our Texas economy.

Criminal Justice & Public Safety

  • “Kronda is dedicated to the fight against human trafficking so we can protect women and children from predators and assist and care for victims of trafficking and assault.”
  • “Kronda Thimesch is an ardent supporter of our first responders and is adamantly opposed to any effort to defund the police.”
  • “Kronda believes that citizens are best served when law enforcement and communities have high engagement and strong positive relationships.”

Education Funding & Teacher Pay

  • “Kronda will stand up for our retired teachers to ensure they receive the benefits they were promised – and have earned.”
  • “As an experienced leader in K-12 education, Kronda knows that a stronger education system means a stronger workforce, which leads to jobs and opportunity for all. She recognizes that our education system requires a holistic examination on all fronts––as we expand efforts to maximize student health and safety and support parents and teachers, especially in the wake of COVID-19.”
  • “With experience in governance and oversight, Kronda remains devoted to achieving meaningful education reform to improve transparency, oversight, and accountability in our school systems.”

Texas Economy & Taxes

  • “Having witnessed firsthand the impacts of over-taxation and heavy-handed regulation, she is committed to reducing these harmful barriers to success for Texas business owners. Kronda is committed to eliminate needless regulations and red tape that harm our businesses so Texans can get back to work.”
  • “As an advocate in the community who has worked directly with homeowners and community groups, Kronda knows the importance of reforming the property tax system and continuing the fight to cut property taxes. We need to ensure that families are not taxed out of their homes.”
  • “State Comptroller Glenn Hegar has already warned that the dual hits to sales tax and oil and gas revenue as a result of the pandemic will present significant budget challenges when the Texas Legislature convenes in 2021. This is a time for us to revisit and refocus on the basics. What does our state government need to provide that other entities cannot? Where can we cut fat and reduce spending on wasteful, unnecessary, or obsolete agencies and programs?”

Government Transparency & Ethics

  • “Kronda believes that all taxpayers deserve efficient, accountable government.”

Healthcare

  • “She will work to make health insurance more accessible and affordable by expanding telemedicine, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, and helping small business owners to provide coverage for their employees.”
  • “Kronda supports increased funding for women’s health care and providing lower-income women more access to cancer screenings and mammograms.”
  • “Kronda opposes polices which take away your ability to choose your own doctor and place the government in charge of health care decisions.”

Immigration

  • “Kronda supports strong border security so we can protect our families from violent criminals and drug cartels.”

Reproductive Health

  • “Kronda is pro-life, will work to defend the sanctity of life, and will oppose taxpayer funding of abortions.”
  • “She has financially supported crisis pregnancy centers that offer support to women facing unplanned pregnancies. Kronda understands the importance of providing assistance to women who choose life but sometimes face an uncertain future as a new mother.”

Infrastructure & Environment

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Social Services

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Michelle Beckley

Michelle Beckley is the current Representative for State House District 65, and the Democratic Candidate. A Carrollton-Native, Beckley is a Texas A&M graduate, a small-business owner, and community activist. Beckley’s top priorities include providing access to affordable, high-quality healthcare and expanding Medicaid to cover more Texans, investing more state funds in public education, adopting pro-clean energy policies, and improving Texas school safety measures by promoting common sense gun reform.

Criminal Justice & Public Safety

  • “I proudly stand with the 97% of American who support universal background checks on all gun sales.”
  • “It’s past time for the state of Texas to fully legalize medical and recreational use and sales of Cannabis.”
  • “In addition, through reform we must clear the criminal legal records of individuals with low level cannabis related charges.”

Education Funding & Teacher Pay

  • “Public schools must be fully-funded to achieve the goal of providing children with the tools they need to succeed.”
  • “We must never allow school voucher systems, which have failed time and again, to siphon funds into the coffers of for-profit businesses at our expense.”

Texas Economy & Taxes

  • “The failed war on drugs is costing taxpayers millions of dollars annually. Texans are footing the bill for the large private prison system in our state. Instead we could use the tax revenues of cannabis sales to invest in our public schools and infrastructure.”
  • “Clean energy is also profitable for those who embrace it, creating jobs 12 times faster than the rest of America’s economy according to Forbes magazine. Texas must adopt pro-clean energy policies as soon as possible, or our economy and our health will suffer.”

Government Transparency & Ethics

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Healthcare

  • “We must work to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, high-quality health care, and nobody should go bankrupt because they get sick. Texas has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the developed world. This means our mothers are dying during childbirth. We have also failed Texans with disabilities by underfunding access to specialized care and its providers. This is why Texas must immediately take the Medicaid Expansion.”

Immigration

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Reproductive Health

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Infrastructure & Environment

  • “To ensure that we meet Texas’ growing energy demands, we must continue to improve and expand our existing renewable energy programs.”
  • “We must encourage individuals, businesses and municipalities to obtain solar and wind power, and entice manufacturers of clean energy products to locate their businesses here.”

Social Services

  • “Everyone in a community should be valued, respected and treated with dignity. Your individual beliefs, religion, orientation, or any other distinction that makes you a unique person should be protected from both institutional and legislative discrimination. We should not be legalizing hatred and exclusion.”