Posted by: jamesvw | February 5, 2010

Election 2010 – Texas 17th Congressional District

Election 2010 – Texas 17th Congressional District

Target #1 for Texas Republicans has always been Chet Edwards in the 17th Congressional district. Republican presidential candidate John McCain won the district with 67% of the vote in 2008 and yet Edwards has managed to hold onto his seat since 1991. This year, Republicans hope to change this history. However, Edwards has been immensely successful at staying true to his moderate roots while bringing a great deal of federal money to the district. To learn more about the incumbent and his campaign for reelection, click here.

The 17th district falls directly south of Dallas in an odd gerrymandered fashion, scooping up Cleburne in the north, using Waco as a focal point in the center and covering College Station and George W. Bush’s town of Crawford as well. It has one of the lowest percentages of Hispanic voters in the state.

Republican Primary

Bill Flores was born into a family of service – the son of an Air Force officer – and found a home in the district while at college at Texas A&M. Like many businessmen in the area, he has made his living in the gas and oil industry and would like to, in part, focus on energy issues in Washington. To learn more about his campaign, click here.

Chuck Wilson has spent part of his life in Washington and it makes sense, with his roots in the district and much of his professional life working for the US government, that he would try to make the jump to Congress. He worked as a case officer in the CIA for many years and moved back to Waco after retiring from that line of work. He wants to focus on “threats on freedom” both foreign and domestic. To learn more about his campaign, click here.

Dave McIntyre opens his website with traditional political introductions but also a touching batch of links to aid those affected by the earthquake in Haiti. It fits into his career of service, where he served in the military for 30 years and was appointed to the National Security Education Board in 2008. To learn more about his campaign, click here.

Another former member of the military running for office is Timothy Delasandro. A US Navy veteran and Russian Language specialist with the NSA, he switched careers when returning to Texas and became a Registered Nurse. To learn more about his campaign, click here.

Rob Curnock is quite familiar to district voters. In a tough year for Republicans, he was the nominee in 2008, receiving just over 45% of the vote against the incumbent. A small business owner in Waco, Curnock is involved in local Republican politics and hopes to improve on his showing from the last election. To learn more about his campaign, click here.



  1. Chuck Wilson is a great choice. A small correction to the posting: he spent most of his CIA career in Africa — not Washington. His unit won awards for helping capture international terrorist Carlos the Jackal.
    He returned to Waco in 1994 to raise his family and run a business. Chuck is 49 years old. He is married and has two children.

    • Thanks for the info and for the correction. How is it looking on the ground? Is there a lot of interest in the race?

  2. In answer to your question on the ground … Curnock will win this, maybe outright without a runoff. He will carry the 3 northern counties with 70% of the vote, will run about 43-45% in McLennan, win a plurality in Brazos at around 39% and will win every other county except maybe Grimes, which is small. He will turn out 48-53%. If there’s a runoff, it will be McIntyre or Flores, but neither will overcome the 25-point deficit they will have from the March 2 primary.

    Your analysis is very surface-level and comes from reading candidate backgrounds, not getting to know them and their organizations. Curnock has tremendous name recognition and respect for taking on Edwards in 2008 when no one else wanted to. The other guys were sitting at home, didn’t donate $1 or help in any way. Primary voters remember things like that.

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