Local Texas House Representative Seeks Nomination for Lieutenant Governor


North Texas State Representative Michelle Beckley. | Image from DMN

North Texas State Representative Michelle Beckley is set to begin her Democratic campaign for lieutenant governor Tuesday, November 16.    

In an interview, the two-term North Texas State Representative told Dallas Morning News that she will portray Dan Patrick as a politician who answers more to his powerful donors than his own convictions.    

Beckley will have to challenge a strong and well-funded incumbent in Republican Dan Patrick if she gets the Democratic nomination.     

However, the two-term North Texas State Representative will first have to overcome the fierce opposition from a field of Democrats for the nomination.

Beckley will face Houston accountant and businessman Mike Collier and former ABC political commentator Matthew Dowd in the tussle for the Democratic nomination.    

Recent polling has shown that most Texas Democrats have not decided who to vote for during the primary, and according to Dallas Morning News, that is why Becky chose to enter the race for the nomination.   

“The field is wide open,” Beckley said in the Dallas Morning News interview. “That is the reality of the situation.”    

Beckley, 51, first won an election to the Texas House in 2018 after flipping a seat held by a republican.

According to Dallas Morning News, Beckley, who owns a bird shop in Carrollton, is known for her bluntness and has become a “reliable progressive who leans into her liberalness.”    

Should Beckley succeed in the March 1 primary, she will face incumbent Patrick who, according to the most recent campaign finance reports, has a $26 million campaign war chest at his disposal.    

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