Kent Lester Statement on President Trump's Plan to Repeal DACA

Tuesday, September 9, 2017

Via Press Release

Cedar Park TX - Kent Lester issued the following statement regarding President Trump's plan to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy implemented by President Obama:

"There are an estimated 271000 DACA-eligible recipients in Texas, of which over 2000 call District 31 home. These Dreamers are the American Dream. We must not end this program; we must not break the promise we have given them by changing the rules of the game on these young students who are meeting their end of the deal. They are receiving an education and want to pay it back by being productive members of society. In many cases, in the only country they have ever known: the United States of America.

As Americans, we must stand for the right of all those that wish to join us as productive members of our society, in Congress, I plan to do just that for all residents and citizens of District 31."

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Kent Lester Statement on Charlottesville

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Via Press Release

Cedar Park TX - Kent Lester issued the following statement regarding the events that occurred in Charlottesville VA:
“The actions of the last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia have been shocking, unspeakable, and appalling. Three Americans are left dead and our country’s leaders have done little to address or strongly condemn the violent and terrorist actions undertaken by White Supremacists.
First, I want to express my deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Heather Heyer. Heather answered a call to action that few others would. She stood against a display of hate and racism that goes against the very core of American values for which so many others gave their lives. Heather’s act of bravery and selflessness should serve as an example for all Americans of the importance of standing up for the freedoms of our fellow Americans regardless of the creed, race, or nationality to which they belong.
Second, my condolences also go the friends, families, and loved ones of Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, who were killed after their helicopter crashed while monitoring the situation. Their sacrifice to keep the people of Charlottesville safe should be recognized by the people of this nation.
Finally, let’s acknowledge that the actions of the white supremacists are, in fact, terrorism. Terrorism, both at home and abroad must be met with the kind of bravery exemplified by Americans like Heather Heyer.  As far as this veteran is concerned, Heather’s selflessness is in keeping with the finest of American values and should be a reminder that as Americans, we should leave no one behind.”

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Kent Lester Kicks Off Campaign With Full Momentum

Friday, July 7, 2017

Via Press Release

Cedar Park TX – Kent Lester, a retired Army Lt. Colonel and retired educator, formally launched his campaign to become the next US House Representative from Texas’ 31st Congressional District with a campaign kickoff rallies in Belton and North Austin on Wednesday, July 5th, and Thursday, July 6th, respectively.

“Kent is the common-sense vote.  He wants to focus on what makes us all Americans.” Said supporter and former Belton ISD teacher Meg Pitrucha on Thursday. Lester was introduced at both events by Bobby Brooks, the first openly-gay Student Body President of Texas A&M University and recent target of political attacks by US Energy Secretary and former Governor of Texas Rick Perry.

“…although we do have a few people in Congress that do pass very horrible laws and do not care about the common people, the average Texan is a good, hard-working person who is ready to make this State better for all others who share it. Texas is a state that is for everyone…and that is a belief that Kent Lester holds dear and will hold dear until the end of time…” Brooks said of Lester on Thursday.

Both events, hosted at the Dead Fish Grill in Belton, and Mesa Rosa Café in Austin, had a total attendance of almost 150 people, with Lester’s Belton event being the largest single gathering for a local Democratic candidate in Bell County for several cycles.

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Lester Announces Run in 31st Congressional District

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Via Press Release

Cedar Park TX – Kent Lester, a retired Army Lt. Colonel and retired educator, announced his highly anticipated campaign for Texas’ 31st Congressional District.

“Throughout my life, I have constantly worked to serve the people of our country and our community. I joined the military at West Point, and after graduating, proudly served in the US Army for 20 years. I reached the rank of Lt. Colonel as a member of the Army’s Quartermaster Corps and have experiences serving on Ft. Hood, in Europe, and in Panama. I have since dedicated my post-military career to building up the future of our communities at home, by working as a public educator for almost 10 years.”

“District 31 is a vital area that captures all that is good about Texas and our country,” said Lester. “We acknowledge the needs that serve the greater good of our society: supporting affordable healthcare, reducing income inequality, and ensuring our tax dollars are sensibly appropriated. Our District deserves a voice that will bring that to you, and that’s why I’m running for Congress.”

Kent’s official campaign kickoff events will be held on Wednesday, July 5th at 6pm at Dead Fish Grill (2207 Lake Rd.) in Belton, and Thursday, July 6th at 6pm at Mesa Rosa Mexican Restaurant (15515 RR 620 North) in Austin.

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