Candidates for District 17 to Square Off in CS

The candidates for Texas's 17th District in Congress will debate Monday night.

Incumbent Democrat Chet Edwards and Republican challenger Rob Curnock will sit down to discuss the issues affecting the district at 6 p.m. at the College Station Hilton.

This is the only scheduled debate between the two men.

The race has picked up over the last week, with Edwards claiming his challenger supports tax hikes, and Curnock claiming the incumbent has voted against funding troops.

Curnock, a Waco businessman and former sportscaster, was the lone Republican in District 17 to run for Congress. In the two previous elections in the district -- redrawn before 2004's election -- primaries were needed to decide the GOP challenger. The Baylor graduate did not escape the primaries in runs for District 11 in 2000 and 2002.

Edwards, also from the northern portion of District 17, narrowly defeated Arlene Wohlgemuth in 2004, and beat Van Taylor by a much wider margin in 2006. The Texas A&M alum is seeking a tenth election to Congress, where he is a high-ranking member of the Democratic-led House of Representatives.

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