Your Vote Counts: District 17 candidate Rick Kennedy

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BRYAN, Tex (KBTX)- Rick Kennedy is one of three Democrats running to replace Representative Bill Flores as District 17’s Congressional Representative.

Kennedy is from Austin, Texas. He has five kids and the oldest is attending Baylor University.

With a bachelor's degree from Penn State University, he currently works as a software engineer and project manager.

Kennedy participated in the Congressional Candidate Forum hosted by KBTX and KWTX on Jan. 25 held at Texas A&M University’s Rudder Theatre.

KBTX has reached out with additional questions from viewers. Kennedy has not responded at this time.

On the Issues:

Immigration: Kennedy wants to use a combination of human resources and technology to secure the border. He wants to create a path for those in the U.S. illegally to obtain citizenship.

"It is important to secure our borders and our ports of entry so we know who is coming into our country and what their purpose is so we can interdict illegal activities like human trafficking and drug smuggling," said Kennedy at the Candidate Forum on Jan. 25. "But it is also important to balance that with our history as a country of immigrants."

Healthcare: Kennedy wants to create a public option to make healthcare available to everyone.

"I support a public option for Medicare to allow people to enroll in Medicare if wanted," said Kennedy.
Education: Kennedy wants to lower interest rates on student loans, expand debt forgiveness programs and allow students debt to be discharged through bankruptcy. He wants to invest in vocational programs as well as create a universal pre-kindergarten.

For more information on Kennedy’s campaign visit the Related Links section on this story. To hear all of Kennedy's answers from the candidate forum, watch the video player.