This Thursday, News 3 will present a unique look at the race for Texas' 17th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
"On the Campaign Trail: Flores vs. Edwards" will air at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. News 3's Steve Fullhart spent time with Congressman Chet Edwards, challenger Bill Flores and their respective teams as they traveled through the district trying to earn your vote in the November 2 general election.
"I'm thrilled the two candidates allowed us to go on the road with them so we could present this part of their campaigns," Fullhart said. "So many people only get the chance to see ads on TV or quick soundbites, but I hope this special gives folks a different perspective on how these two men are working to represent our region in Washington."
The half-hour report will feature interviews with Flores and Edwards on some of the big issues this election season, along with more personal comments from the candidates about why they're in this race. You'll also hear from supporters on both sides about their reasons for backing their respective candidates.
Edwards, a Democrat, is seeking an eleventh term in the House. He won the right to represent a redrawn District 17 in 2004, and earned the most votes in two subsequent elections. He is a Waco resident and a Texas A&M graduate.
Flores is seeking political office for the first time. Also an Aggie, the Republican was a top executive in the oil and gas industry for many years before retiring to Bryan.
District 17 runs from Johnson County (south of Fort Worth) down through McLennan County (home of Waco), then snakes through Brazos County and eventually ends at Grimes County to the south. In all, 12 counties make up District 17.