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Who is running for Rep. Flores' District 17 Seat?

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Posted at 5:06 AM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 06:06:08-05

U.S. Representative Bill Flores announced his retirement in September 2019, opening a spot for the District 17 seat in the Texas U.S. House.

Since then, a long list of candidates decided to run for his spot.

Representative Flores announced his endorsement of Renee Swann to become the first Congresswoman in the 100-year history of the Texas Congressional District 17 in February.

Flores cited Swann's desire to work with President Trump and her stances on immigration and social issues as reasons for the endorsement.

11 Republicans and 3 Democrats will be on the primary ballots.

Republican primary candidates include:

Ahmad Adnan: Adnan has been a financial advisor for 18 years. He runs a financial advice and management company. Adnan graduated from Texas State University in 2000. He says he is a moderate and centrist who wants Republicans, conservatives, independents, Democrats, and liberals to vote for him.

Scott Bland: A lifelong Texan, Scott Bland has been involved with his father’s construction company since he was old enough to hold a hammer. Scott graduated from Baylor University. He spent five years as a Special Agent for the United States Secret Service before moving back to Texas. Bland has been the president and owner of Jim Bland Construction for over ten years, and has helped build hundreds of homes across Central Texas. He serves on the board of NeighborWorks, where he has had the opportunity to help create affordable new housing across Central Texas. He is also the former President of the Heart of Texas Builder’s Association. Scott is an elected board member of the Greater Waco Chamber.

Laurie Godfrey McReynolds: Laurie is a conservative, a Christian, a businesswoman, and leader in her community. A native Texan, she has resided in Waco for over 35 years. In 1984, at the age of 23, she began her dry cleaning and laundry business. She has been very successful since then, expanding to multiple locations across the state and providing jobs for hundreds of Texans.

George Hindman: Hindman earned his B.S. from the Unviersity of Virginia and his M.S. from the University of Texas at Austin. He previously worked for NASA as a trainer, for Dell Computers as a project manager, and for Applied Materials designing fabrication equipment. At the time of his 2020 campaign, Hindman owned Keystone Aerospace, an aerospace research and development firm.

Todd Kent: Kent has called Central Texas home since 1994. His father, David Kent, was a Hall of Fame Texas A&M tennis coach and Brazos County Republican Party Chairman. In 2005, Kent earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Texas A&M. He has a background that includes academia, consulting and nonprofit experience. In 1996, Kent was a founder of Worldview Academy. Today, WVA reaches over 2500 teens each year in 21 locations and is the largest organization of its type in the US. This Christian academic and leadership organization prepares teens ages 13-18 for life and college.

Kristen Alamo Rowin: Rowin is a Christian, wife, mother, and business owner. She is a first generation American who, through hard work and persistence, has built her own American Dream. Kristen graduated with her Real Estate Certificate, at Angelina College, 2 weeks prior to graduating high school. She has been a Realtor since age 18. By the age of 25, she obtained her real estate broker's license and founded Alamo Real Estate in Waco, TX.

David Saucedo: Saucedo has organized community clean ups, served on local committees, boards, advisory councils, and has developed innovative approaches to community challenges. David is running for Congress to re-ignite a passion for self-reliance in CD-17. David plans on expanding the Republican Party of Texas' base by taking the Conservative message into urban communities and promoting practical solutions!

Pete Sessions: Sessions was born and raised in Waco. He graduated from Southwestern University in 1978. After graduation, he began working for the Southwestern Bell Telephone company, which later became AT&T. Prior to his retirement to run for Congress in 1994, Sessions worked as a District Manager for AT&T. Sessions said he wants to return to Congress to complete unfinished business, including building a border wall and balancing the federal budget.

Trent Sutton: Sutton served over 2 decades as United States Marine and completed several tours of duty in combat zones abroad. His devoted service inspired his Aggie son to serve as an officer in the United States Navy. Trent Sutton has dedicated his life to fighting for our great country and our way of life.

Renee Swann: Swann was raised in West Texas alongside roughnecks, farmers, and members of our military. She is a healthcare executive and Waco small-business Chief Operations Officer – caring for more than 50,000 Central Texas neighbors and friends since opening Brazos Eye Surgery of Texas, 38 years ago. Swann is a limited-government conservative, and wants to fight federal overregulation and harmful mandates from destructive policies like Obamacare. She is “Pro-Life, Pro-2nd Amendment, and Pro-Religious Liberty.”

Elianor Vessali: Elianor is a proud Aggie, small businesswoman, former teacher, and local leader. She's a proud alumna of Texas A&M where she served as a member of the Corps of Cadets and graduated with a degree in Biomedical Science. She then enrolled in Law School at South Texas College of Law in downtown Houston. Upon graduation in 2002, she accepted an offer with Ernst & Young, Geneva, Switzerland. Elianor was elected to College Station City Council place 4 as a proud conservative in 2018. Within the Republican Party, Elianor has served on the Leadership Committee of the Republican Party of Brazos County and the Executive Committee as Precinct Chair. She is also a member of the Republican Women of Brazos Valley and has served on their board.

Democratic primary candidates include:

William Foster III: William A. Foster, III is an accomplished leader in the field of education and community development, with a career span of 40 plus years. He formerly served as the Central Area Director for The National Education Associations (NEA) Houston Office for eight years, serving twelve schools in his area. He organized and was the first President of the Texas Faculty Association at Prairie View A & M University. He is the Chairman/CEO of the "City and Town Management Services Corporation" A Community Development Enity Certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He is Board President of the Blakey-Foster Foundation, a non-profit corporation.

David Jaramillo: Jaramillo was raised in Central Texas. He served as a United States Marine, and earned the Presidential Service Badge. He worked with disabled Veterans at the Waco VA Regional Office and with incarcerated individuals. Now, he’s serving his community a different way. Jaramillo quit his job and sold his car so he could flip this district.

Rick Kennedy: For more than a decade, Kennedy has called Central Texas home. His three children grew up attending Round Rock Public Schools, and his oldest now attends Baylor University. Kennedy is a software engineer and project manager. He has spent more than 35 years in evidence-based problem solving in complex environments, as well as gaining consensus among diverse groups of stakeholders. He currently works as a project manager providing advice and expertise to clients from around the world.

Texas’ 17th Congressional District includes all or parts of twelve Central Texas counties:

Bastrop (part), Brazos, Burleson, Falls, Freestone, Lee (part), Leon (part), Limestone, McLennan, Milam, Robertson, Travis (part)