Kent Lester Weekend of Action: Killeen and Temple

Come Tell Your Neighbors Why You Support Kent Lester

Democratic congressional candidate Kent Lester and his campaign will be hosting a Weekend of Action this weekend in Killeen and Temple. Kent will be attending several events and meetings in the communities, as well as talking to voters at the door. 

The campaign is inviting all Kent Lester supporters in Killeen, Temple, and Bell County at large to join us as we block walk. This a great opportunity to let your friends, family, and neighbors know why you support Kent Lester, the only candidate with the leadership experience and record of accomplishment to unseat Republican incumbent John Carter.

No experience is necessary; just some comfortable shoes and enthusiasm for Kent's run for congress! We will have all materials available, plus expert training and advice.


Killeen Block Walk Info: Meet-up Saturday 27 January @ 10 am. Coffee Beanery, 2408 Clear Creek Road

Temple Block Walk Info: Meet-up Sunday 28 January @ 1 pm. Starbucks, 111 N General Bruce Dr.

***If you are unable to make it to the meet-ups, but still interested in block walking, we've got you covered! Just give Campaign Manager Tom Gilliam a call at (512) 626-7455, and he will get you set up!***

Lester Raises Over $200,000

Campaign is Ready for the Democratic Primary and Beyond


January 16, 2018 – Congressional candidate Kent Lester (TX 31) announced Tuesday that his campaign had raised over $200,000, a benchmark that ensures his campaign will be well-funded for the March 6th primary.  Final fundraising reports for the fourth quarter of 2017 are not due till January 31st, 2018 but Lester is releasing his reports early as we head into the most important part of the primary where campaigns are talking to voters.

“For too long, Texans’ have seen their Representative in Congress abdicate his vote to the partisan leadership from Washington, DC.  In 2018 that will end” Lester said.  “Our fundraising haul shows we take this race seriously and we will have the funds to run a professional campaign that communicates with voters through multiple message streams” he added.

Nearly 150 people have contributed to the campaign and Lester still has almost $150,000 cash on hand, an early benchmark of success.

In discussing his message to voters, Lester finished with “Our message to the voters is simple: Leave no one behind is the Army’s motto.  I want to make it America’s mission.  We deserve better out of Washington, DC with its partisan bickering and desire for inside-the-beltway win/loss counts.  For 20 years I worked all over the world to make sure America’s missions were accomplished.  Congress needs more of that Army know-how”

Kent Lester is a 1980 graduate of The United States Military Academy at West Point and retired from the US Army after 20 years of active service as a Lt. Colonel, continuing his families’ tradition of service, which began with his father.  He went on to teach at Belton High School, serving for nearly a decade in the classroom. He and his wife Brigid, also a West Point Graduate who retired from the Army as a Lt Colonel, live in Cedar Park, TX and devote their time to several charities that empower children and women.  They have 5 grown children and 6 grandchildren.  Congressional District 31 includes all of Williamson County and most of Bell county.

Kent Lester Statement on Alabama Special Election Results

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Via Press Release

Cedar Park TX - Congressional Candidate Kent Lester has issued the following statement on the results of last night's Alabama Senate Special Election:

"Today, Alabama voters saw the worst of what Bannonism has to offer and chose to reject it. Alabama stood against bigotry, hatred, and a 'judge' that preyed on young girls. Democrats have shown that we have what it takes to win in deep red areas and we will harness that momentum to unseat John Carter in 2018! Doug Jones' win is a step in the right direction for Alabama and the nation."


Kent Lester Statement on Sutherland Springs Shooting

Monday, November 6, 2017

Via Press Release

Cedar Park TX - U.S. Congressional candidate Kent Lester today issued the following statement in response to the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas:

"I am heartbroken and angry over the tragic mass shooting in Sutherland Springs yesterday, this time in a house of worship on a beautiful Texas Sunday morning. Yesterday when I got the news, I couldn’t help but ask aloud 'when will it end?' What will it take for people to come together to stop this insanity? When is enough enough?

I have had enough. It is past time that the federal government allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct meaningful research on gun violence and access in America. As a nation, we can no longer afford to bury our heads in the sand on this issue. Partisanship, politics, and profits should never be a factor when lives are on the line.

That’s why my first priority in Washington DC will be to support or introduce legislation that would legalize accurate, thorough, and unbiased research on guns. I do not seek to ban guns. Only by studying this phenomenon honestly, can we hope to stop mass shootings and other tragic gun related events. I want to remove the handcuffs from the CDC and let them do their jobs."


Freethought Equality Fund Endorses Kent Lester for TX-31

Monday, October 9, 2017

Via Press Release

Cedar Park TX - Kent Lester, Democratic Candidate for Texas’ 31st Congressional District, has been endorsed by the Freethought Equality Fund (FEF) PAC. Based in Washington, D.C., Freethought Equality Fund is affiliated with the Center for Freethought Equality, which is the advocacy and political arm of the American Humanist Association.

Freethought Equality Fund’s mission is to support candidates who identify as humanist, atheist, agnostic, and who believe in protecting the separation of church and state and defending the civil liberties of secular Americans. In previous election cycles, Freethought Equality Fund has backed US Congressmen Beto O’Rourke D-TX-16 and Steve Cohen D-TN-09 (2014) and Jamie Raskin D-MD-08 (2016).

In an email announcing their endorsement of our campaign, Freethought Equality Fund’s Ron Millar wrote that, “Lester is a West Point graduate who served 20 years in the Army. Following his military service he became a high school teacher and just recently retired from this career. In his classes he taught his students ‘how to think, not what to think.’ Following the 2016 election, his former students encouraged Lester to run for Congress. Lester’s goal is to ‘bring the Old-School American Values we believe in back to Capitol Hill. Respect for all, not prejudice against a few. Service to the nation, not shirking one’s duties. Integrity, not double-talk.’”

FEF’s full endorsement can be found here.


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

Tuesday, September 5, 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."


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.”


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.


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.