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We recommend: Texas House District 65

Republican Kronda Thimesch and Democrat Brittney Verdell face off in this Denton County district.

Businesswoman Kronda Thimesch and social worker Brittney Verdell are vying for the Texas House seat vacated by Democrat Michelle Beckley after the District 65 boundaries were redrawn last year.

The district is now poised to elect a Republican, and Thimesch can be an effective conservative voice for this section of Denton County. Our nod goes to her.

If Thimesch is elected, voters will be served by a candidate who has dedicated many years of her life to an array of public service roles. Thimesch, 54, served five years as a Lewisville ISD trustee and received the “master trustee” designation, and today she volunteers for the district’s education foundation. She is a member of the Denton County Child Protective Services Board and is also involved in the Flower Mound Rotary Club, Meals on Wheels Denton County, Senior Paws for Pets and other local organizations.

Thimesch’s strong ties to the district and her experiences as a school board member and as a small business owner would be an asset to her constituents. Based on her conversations with residents of her district, Thimesch identified rising property tax bills as voters’ top concern. She proposes looking at appraisal caps and opportunities for the state to cover a bigger portion of school districts’ maintenance costs. Thimesch said she has been talking to city and county officials to discuss tax appraisal issues in Denton County.

Thimesch also aligns with a majority of Texans who recognize we have a crisis along the southern border and who are concerned about human and drug trafficking. With more than 2 million border crossings this year, “those are conversations we need to have,” Thimesch told us. She supports local, state and federal cooperation on border enforcement and agrees with Gov. Greg Abbott’s attempts to raise national awareness about the pressures on Texas.

We disagree with her on some issues in which she hews to hardline Republican orthodoxy. Thimesch broadly opposes abortion rights, though she supports allowing doctors to act to protect the life of the mother. She also supports the state’s laissez-faire approach to regulating oil and gas companies. But on balance, we think Thimesch’s government tenure and her congenial tone will help advance discussions on important matters in the Texas House.

Verdell, 31, highlights her experiences as a social worker, first-generation college student and single mother raising two daughters. She’s campaigning on protecting abortion rights, fixing the electric grid and fully funding schools. She sticks to Democratic talking points on these issues.

Verdell impressed us with her insights on how to address the state’s troubled foster care system. She noted that the priority must be reuniting children with their families and how they would benefit from more kinship placements and faster home studies to find a suitable placement. She also advocates for more programming and resources for parents who need treatment and services to regain or keep custody of their children.

Both Thimesch and Verdell are thoughtful candidates who clearly care about their communities. But Thimesch is more experienced, more aligned with voters in this area and the better candidate.

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