Who Will Challenge Chet? Candidates Come to BVTM This Week

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The March primary (and maybe an April runoff) will decide who challenges Chet Edwards for his seat in the US House of Representatives. The five Republicans looking to face Edwards will be on the only local morning television newscast all this week.

Brazos Valley This Morning will host the five men trying to unseat the Waco Democrat who has represented Texas' 17th District since its lines were redrawn before the 2004 election.

Monday: Rob Curnock
Tuesday: Chuck Wilson
Wednesday: Timothy Delasandro
Thursday: Bill Flores
Friday: Dave McIntyre

The GOP candidates have been engaged in candidate forums and debates across the district over the last few months. District 17 stretches from just south of the Metroplex through Waco and down to the Twin Cities.

According to the latest report from the Center for Responsive Politics, of the five Republicans seeking the nomination, Bill Flores leads in money raised, while Chuck Wilson has spent more than any other candidate.

Flores: $416,466 ($46,783 spent)
Curnock: $138,763 ($68,002 spent)
McIntyre: $123,965 ($49,318 spent)
Wilson: $122,271 ($89,144 spent)
Delasandro: $41,507 ($40,226 spent)

Edwards has raised $1.4 million-plus for this 2010 campaign according to the latest report.

Curnock was Edwards' challenger in 2008. Edwards prevailed by a 53-46 percent margin. Curnock was outspent $2.1 million to $110,000 by the incumbent.

Edwards defeated Van Taylor in 2006, 59-39 percent. Arlene Wohlgemuth failed in her bid to win District 17 in 2004, 51-47 percent.

Last week, the two candidates looking to win the Republican nomination for Texas Senate District 5 were on Brazos Valley This Morning. Check out the interviews with Sen. Steve Ogden and Ben Bius by going to the morning show page. The winner of the March primary faces Democrat Stephen Wyman in November.

Candidates for Texas House District 14 and Brazos County judge will also be on BVTM in the coming weeks.

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