Pete Sessions defeated Renee Swann in a runoff election Tuesday, ending a contentious race in the District 17 Republican primary to succeed retiring Rep. Bill Flores of Bryan.

Sessions now will face Rick Kennedy, who won the Democratic primary runoff over David Jaramillo, a former Marine and first-time candidate.

Kennedy, 57, the party nominee two years ago, lost to Flores in 2018.

“My work starts tomorrow, and so I extend this request to all citizens of this congressional district — please reach out to me with your ideas, concerns and needs,” Kennedy said in a press release after his victory.

“I want to hear from you so I can best represent you, not the establishment, not big money, not dark money, not a particular party, not the president,” said Kennedy. “To David Jaramillo, and to primary candidate William Foster III, thank you for running principled, issues-oriented campaigns. I sincerely hope you stay in the political arena; our country needs people of your caliber and passion. Whatever you decide to do next, I wish you both the best…”


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