Your Vote Counts: District 17 candidate Todd Kent

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BRYAN, Tex (KBTX)- Todd Kent is one of 11 Republicans running to replace Representative Bill Flores as District 17’s Congressional Representative.

A resident of the Bryan/College Station area for over 25 years, he has received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Texas A&M University.

Kent is married and has three children. He has served as the Assitant Deam for Academic Affairs and Political Science Faculty. He has also consulted for businesses and political campaigns.

Kent 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. Kent has not responded at this time.

On the Issues:

Immigration: Kent wants to secure our borders while modernizing and simplifying the process to enter the country legally.

"We have up to 15 million illegal aliens. They need to get a status," said Kent at the Candidate Forum on Jan. 25.

Healthcare: Kent believes the solution is nor the $20 trillion “Medicare for all” plan. The plan eliminates the ability for individuals to choose their healthcare and will lead to a reduction in quality according to Kent.

"We need to reduce drug costs through a more market-oriented approach," said Kent. "We need to cut down our administrative costs, it is excess, it is too much and we can reduce our deficit and reduce healthcare for people."

Federal Debt: Kent wants to stop unsustainable spending that threatens the long-term viability of Social Security and Medicare.

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