AUSTIN,TX, May 15, 2020 – In response to the challenge of campaigning during a quarantine, Rick Kennedy, the Democratic running for US House TX17, kicked off his digital blockwalking efforts last week. The set-up entailed placing a calendar on the campaign website––that shows blocks of time where people can set up an appointment to talk one-on-one with Kennedy for about 10-15 minutes. The intention of this concept was to put in place a mechanism where voters could talk to the candidate, personally & privately, as if he had knocked on their front door.

“I’m very excited about this project because traditional blockwalking was one of my favorite campaigning activities. It is the epitome of what I say on the campaign trail all the time–that if people can just talk to each other face-to-face, we can find the common ground we need to come up with effective, achievable solutions,” said Kennedy.

Future plans include extending digital blockwalking to include campaign volunteers. This new facet should be released by month’s end.

Rick Kennedy is a software engineer who lives in Austin. He challenged Bill Flores in 2018 and now campaigns in 2020 for the soon-to-be vacated US House TX17 seat. The 17th includes Brazos, Burleson, Falls, Freestone, Limestone, McLennan, Milam, and Robertson counties; also portions of Bastrop, Lee, Leon, and Travis counties. Rick Kennedy topped the field in the March 3 Democratic primary with 48% of votes cast.


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