Democrat Rick Kennedy and Republican Pete Sessions will face off on Nov. 3 for the open U.S. House District 17 seat after both candidates won their primary runoff elections Tuesday night.

Kennedy, an Austin-area software engineer who lost to U.S. Rep. Bill Flores in 2018, decisively defeated David Anthony Jaramillo of Waco. Sessions, who lost his Dallas congressional seat in 2018, defeated Renee Swann, retired chief operations manager for Brazos Eye Surgery of Texas.

Sessions moved to Waco to compete for the seat to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, who said he would not run for another term…

…Kennedy on Tuesday night told The Eagle that he offers a “polar opposite” choice to Sessions.

“I’m an engineer by training, and I’m looking for solutions to our problems. I’m not looking for any specifically Democratic solution or Republican solution — I’m looking for effective and achievable solutions,” Kennedy said. “I believe that the divisiveness and dysfunction of the last 25 years has truly weakened this country and brought us to the point where we are now. We’ve got to start pulling this country back together.”

Kennedy encouraged people to go to his website and set up a “virtual block walk” to talk with him by telephone, and, in a statement, praised Jaramillo and primary candidate William Foster III on their campaigns.

Jaramillo conceded the Democratic race late Tuesday and endorsed Kennedy during a Facebook Live video in which he thanked his supporters, family, friends, volunteers, interns and staff. He encouraged his supporters to vote for Kennedy come November.

“Don’t stop this movement that we all have made. Keep pushing. Now we need to make sure Pete Sessions does not go back to Congress,” Jaramillo said.

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