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Who's on the runoff ballots in Denton County?

The Democratic and Republican primary runoffs in Texas will be held on July 14.

The Democratic and Republican primary runoffs in Texas will be held on July 14.

Here's a look at who's on the ballots for the Republican and Democrat primaries in Denton County:

Republican Ballot

Elizabeth Beach will face Brian Walker for the Republican nomination to the race for Place 7 Justice of Texas' Second District Court of Appeals. The winner will not face a challenger in the November election.

Also on the Republican ballot are Derbha Jones and Jim Johnson, who are running against each other to be District Judge in the 431st District Court. The winner will face Diana Weitzel in November, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary in March.

Who is Elizabeth Beach?

Beach is currently the judge of Criminal District Court No. 1 in Tarrant County. She has held the position since October 2013. 

A self-described "tough-on-crime former prosecutor," Beach graduated from the University of Texas School of Law and has taught criminal justice at Texas Christian University for the past two decades, according to her website.

Click here for more information on Beach's campaign.

Who is Brian Walker?

Walker has practiced criminal law, civil law and military and veteran's law for more than 16 years, according to his website. He has written more than 100 civil and criminal appeals and handled more than 75 trials since he became a prosecutor in Harrison County after graduating from the University of Houston's law program.

He served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force Reserves from 2010 to 2019 and describes himself as a "seasoned appellate attorney." His father, Judge Scott Walker, currently sits on the bench of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Click here for more information about Walker's campaign.

Who is Derbha Jones?

Jones considers herself a strong "advocate for children in need" and is one of only 18 attorneys in Texas to be board certified in both family and child welfare law, her website says. 

She graduated from Texas Wesleyan School of Law, now Texas A&M School of Law, and was admitted to practice law in Texas in 2002. 

Jones said she is running for the bench of the 431st District Court in Denton County because the "bulk" of its cases are family law and child protective services cases. She wants to be a voice for abused and neglected children at the courthouse. 

To learn more about her campaign, click here.

Who is Jim Johnson?

Johnson has practiced law for the past 10 years and has business, family and criminal trial experience, according to his website. He has taught for 11 years as a "conservative professor" at Texas A&M School of Law, which is where he attended law school.

He disputes Jones' claim that the 431st District Court in Denton County mainly handles family law and child welfare cases and claims his diverse experience is better suited to the court's "broad docket."

"I will not legislate from the bench and I believe people should be held personally responsible for their actions," he said on his website.

To learn more about his campaign, click here to visit his website or click here for his campaign's Facebook page.

Democratic Ballot

Kim Olson and Candace Valenzuela will face off with each other to be the Democratic candidate for U.S. House District 24. Whoever wins will race against Republican Beth Van Duyne in November. The winner will replace incumbent Kenny Marchant.

Who is Kim Olson?

Olson is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel who challenged Air Force policies preventing women from going to flight school and was among the first generation of female pilots, according to her website. She was one of the first women to command an operation flying squadron, commanded troops in Iraq after 9/11 and worked to modernize the Air Force's policy on sexual assault. She served in the Air Force for 25 years. She was inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame in 2014.

Olson wants to expand the Affordable Care Act and make sure affordable, quality health insurance is available to everyone in the country. She believes climate change is "the most immediate threat facing our nation" and that urgent action is needed. She would end "corporate welfare" for polluters while promoting renewable energy. 

She has pledged to co-sponsor and vote in favor of federally banning police chokeholds, end for-profit policing and prisons and require police departments that receive federal funds to publish misconduct records.

To learn more about Olson's campaign, click here.

Who is Candace Valenzuela?

Valenzuela is the first Latina and African-American woman to have served on on the Carrollton-Farmers Branch school board. During her childhood, her family was homeless at one point after her parents' finished serving in the U.S. military, her website said. The experience led her to become deeply involved in education after she was the first person in her family to graduate from college. When she became a mother, Valenzuela said she was inspired to enter public service and expand educational opportunities.

Valenzuela believes health care is a human right. After experiencing medical debt herself, Valenzuela would expand the Affordable Car Act, implement a public health care option and lower the cost of prescription drugs. She would work to offer "strong incentives" to businesses to help combat climate change by providing "massive investment from the federal government." 

If elected, she would also fight for universal pre-K, investment in community colleges and vocational programs, and higher teacher salaries. She also supports creating a pathway to citizenship and codifying the DREAM Act.

To learn more about Valenzuela's campaign, click here.

Correction: This guide originally said Kenny Marchant was running for re-election in the U.S. House District 24 race. He did not run for another term, and Republican Beth Van Duyne won the Republican primary. 

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