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Congressman Bill Flores endorses Renee Swann as successor to District 17 seat

Congressman Bill Flores on Saturday endorsed Renee Swann to be his successor in Congressional...
Congressman Bill Flores on Saturday endorsed Renee Swann to be his successor in Congressional District 17.(KWTX)
Published: Feb. 8, 2020 at 10:55 AM CST
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Representative Bill Flores on Saturday announced his endorsement of candidate Renee Swann, one of eleven Republicans vying for his seat in Congressional District 17.

Swann, a co-owner of the Brazos Eye Surgery of Texas in Waco, is one of the eleven Republican candidates running for Flores' Congressional District 17 seat.

Swann on Saturday said she is committed to working alongside President Trump to defeat the "radical socialists" who control the House of Representatives.

The Waco business owner said President Trump has created the strongest economy in the world and she is committed to eliminating regulations that hinder economic growth.

"This can truly be a century of American resurgence," Swann said.

"You want someone who will never surrender," Flores said, "You want someone who has run a business and you want someone who has lived here, raised a family here and succeeded here."

Congressman Flores said Swann is strong on border security, protecting religious freedoms, protecting life from conception and committed to working with the president.

Another Republican candidate Pete Sessions released a statement following Congressman Flores' endorsement of Swann:

"Congressman Bill Flores financially contributed to four people running to succeed him, then asked one of them to return the contribution for pledging to join the House Freedom Caucus. Now he has endorsed the candidate that his own consultant is working for in this race. When I am elected to represent CD-17, I will begin with more seniority than Rep. Flores has now. That seniority will help deliver highway funding, support our research institutions, promote our agriculture community and protect Waco and Bryan-College Station in redistricting. That same seniority will help me also deliver on the key issues facing our nation: changing our immigration laws, building the southern border wall and balancing the budget. Most importantly, Rep. Flores knows nothing can be done for the Republican agenda in the House unless Republicans take back the majority. Having led the campaign to defeat Nancy Pelosi in 2010, Bill knows that I can help do that again. A freshman member of Congress will not be as effective in helping to win the majority, and Rep. Flores knows that. It took him three terms to get on Energy and Commerce.”

The decision by Flores not to seek a sixth term triggered the largest flood of candidate filings in the 16-year history of the 17th Congressional District, which was drawn during a contentious remap following the 2000 census and stretches between Waco and Bryan-College Station.

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Posted by KWTX News 10 on Saturday, February 8, 2020