Texas House District 65, which includes portions of Carrollton, Dallas, Highland Village, and Lewisville in Denton County, is one of the key Battleground 2020 races to watch. After a close race in 2018, Democratic challenger Michelle Beckley flipped the District 65 seat blue, ousting then-incumbent Republican Ron Simmons by a mere 2.32 percentage points.
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Neave, first elected to the Texas House in 2016, flipped the seat to the Democrat column after defeating then-incumbent Ken Sheets (R). She was off to an auspicious beginning, earning the distinction “Freshman of the Year” by the Texas House Democratic Caucus and “Elected Official of the Year” by the Texas Democratic Women. In December, 2017, however, Neave had an embarrassing and disturbing run-in with the Dallas Police Department after she crashed her BMW into a tree and was found with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit.
A five-way race ensued to represent Hays and Blanco counties in the House District 45 Republican primary. Ken Strange defeated Amber Pearce, Naomi Narvaiz, Austin Talley, and Amy Akers. Strange’s closest competition in the race was Amber Pearce.