A Hillcrest NFL player is challenging Pete Sessions in a bid for U.S. Congress

Colin Allred might’ve never played collegiate football for Baylor, been drafted by the Tennessee Titans or considered running for Congress without the support he received at Hillcrest.

At least, that’s what he talks about in his campaign video, which features several shots of the Preston Hollow high school.

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“I never knew my dad, but I was still lucky,” he says. “I had YMCA counselors who looked out for me, teachers who supported me and coaches who encouraged me.”

Allred now lives in the M Streets with his wife, Alexandra. They are both attorneys, and Allred cites his experience as a voting rights litigator and also in the Obama administration under Secretary of Housing Julian Castro.

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He announced his campaign for Texas’ 32nd congressional district today and may face several other Democrats in the March 2018 primary, according to the Dallas Morning News. If he wins, he would take on U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, a Republican from Lakewood who has been in Congress since 1996 and held this particular seat since 2002.

Sessions moved to District 32 after District 5, where he previously served, became more Democratic after redistricting, but his seat has been identified as “vulnerable” by the Republican Party after a 2016 poll showed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leading then-Republican nominee Donald Trump in Sessions’ district. Sessions’ recent “raucous” town hall where some attendees chanted “Vote him out!” likely underscored those concerns.


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