Jul 8, 2020

When Republican Congressman Bill Flores announced he was retiring, a large group of hopefuls jumped at the chance to represent Texas’ sprawling 17th Congressional District. The district includes parts of 12 counties — stretching from Pflugerville to Waco and east to College Station. Twelve Republicans and three Democrats were on the ballot in the March primary.

Now, we’re down to two from each party…

…Kennedy is returning after a failed bid against Flores in 2018. The engineer says he’s back for the same reason as before: the 2016 election was a turning point for him, and when looking at what he calls a “hyper-partisan Congress,” he didn’t feel like he and his views had a voice.

“Key to easing the divisiveness that pervades both our politics and our society at this point is opening lines of communication,” he said.

Kennedy said he considers his children when he thinks about policy, which drives issues like climate change to the forefront of his campaign.

“It is a factor in almost every policy decision that we need to make going forward,” Kennedy said. “I think we need to move carefully, but at the same time relentlessly, towards a renewable energy future.”

For full article: https://www.kut.org/post/pool-15-four-candidates-seek-texas-17th-congressional-district-open-seat