Amanda Edwards Visits North Texas After Senate Run Announcement

Houston City Council member Amanda Edwards made a stop in North Texas Friday, one day after announcing a run for U.S. Senate.

"My main goal is to address health care, and address access to economic opportunity," said Edwards.

She enters what is likely to be a crowded democratic field. Combat Veteran MJ Hegar is already in the race. Hegar ran for Congress in 2018 and came within three points of longtime Representative John Carter, in a reliably red district. Former Houston Congressman Chris Bell is running too. NBC 5 asked Edwards what sets her apart in the field.

"It's growing and it's an exciting time, but I think what will set me apart is my focus on delivering results for people," she added.

As for the field, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn's (R-TX) campaign manager John Jackson said "While the Democrat primary is quickly turning into a contest of who can run to the left the fastest, we're building our field operation and adding grassroots supporters. Whoever limps out of the runoff will face a grassroots army motivated to elect John Cornyn and stop Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren's agenda," said Jackson.

Texas Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) is expected to make an announcement about his political future on Monday. But he has already filed paperwork with the FEC clearing the way for a Senate run. NBC 5 tried to reach West on Friday, but did not hear back.

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