Only a small finger of the heavily gerrymandered CD 17 reaches Travis County; the district is anchored in Waco and College Station, and is drawn to maintain Republican dominance. Incumbent Bill Flores, an oil company millionaire who essentially self-funded his victory over Chet Edwards in 2010, has handily won re-election three times.
Two inexperienced Democrats have filed for the March 6 primary. Dale Mantey is a UT doctoral candidate (public health) emphasizing jobs, livable wages, and support for agriculture. Rick Kennedy (Round Rock) is a software engineer and consultant, and is focusing on the economy, health care, and support for public schools.
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