Candace Valenzuela won the Democratic primary runoff in Texas’ 24th District on Tuesday putting her on track to be Congress’ first Black Latina member if she wins in the fall.
Valenzuela was the winner with 60 percent of the votes beating retired Air Force pilot Colonel Kim Olson, who had 40 percent, as of late Tuesday night. Valenzuela, the former local school board member, is looking looks to replace retiring Rep. Kenny Marchant (R) and turn the seat blue.
In November, Valenzuela will run against Republican Beth Van Duyne, a former Trump administration official and Irving mayor who won the GOP primary on March 3.
If Valenzuela wins in November, she would not only be the first Afro-Latina in Congress but the third Latina from Texas.