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Democratic candidate for US Senate Thierry Tchenko is grateful for what he learned in Abilene

Samantha Gerber

A crowded field of Democrats is vying for the opportunity to challenge Ted Cruz in 2024. McMurry alum Thierry Tchenko is a first-time candidate with a desire to take his passion for Texas to Washington DC.

He was inspired to run by what he learned during a series of interviews with Texans after last year’s midterm elections. He credits his time in Abilene for giving him an understanding of West Texas and a connection to its people. Tchenko came to KACU while he was in town to deliver the convocation this week at McMurry.

Find more about Tchenko on his website.

Heather Claborn joined KACU as news director in January 2018. She oversees daily newscast and feature reporting and works with KACU’s news anchors to develop newscasts. She also conducts two-way interviews, reports for newscast and feature stories and maintains the station’s social media and website content. In 2020, Claborn helped staff develop the daily newsletter that is delivered by email.