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Sessions, Kennedy to face off in November election to replace Rep. Flores

Former congressman Sessions looks to return to Washington. Kennedy is hoping to flip the seat.
Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 10:41 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Former congressman Pete Sessions and Austin software engineer Rick Kennedy will face off in the November election to replace outgoing republican Representative Bill Flores for U.S District 17.

“I feel good. We have done a good job, but the people behind me, the people who are my colleagues during those months where we went through the primary, had strong opinions that they want to be heard from also, and they believed that by getting behind my candidacy it would allow us to have a better view in the district by being bottom-up decision making as opposed to top-down,” said Republican candidate Pete Sessions Tuesday night.

Flores announced he wouldn’t run for re-election in 2019, opening the seat in Congress. Sessions beat 11 other Republican candidates, including Waco businesswoman Renee Swann, who made the July runoff election. Swann spoke to her supporters Tuesday night and conceded the race to Sessions. She said she would work to get him elected to Congress.

Rick Kennedy faced two other democratic candidates in the Texas Democratic Primary, Waco Marine Corps veteran David Jaramillo and Hearne educator William Foster, III. Kennedy and Jaramillo made the runoff election and Kennedy came away with another victory. He’ll head to the general election for the second time since running in 2018.

“I’d like to thank my dedicated staff and everybody who pitched in and called voters and texting, writing thank you notes, everything else that it takes to run a campaign,” Kennedy said over a Zoom call from his home.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Everybody, take a day off then we will crank it up again and it will be 110 days for the general vote, and then we will have another celebration on November 3. So, thank you very much, everybody.”

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