FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Kopser for Congress Campaign Welcomes Hilary Barrett as Campaign Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: June 28, 2018

CONTACT: Madison Kaigh, (609) 254-0647 (madison@kopserforcongress.com)

 

KOPSER FOR CONGRESS CAMPAIGN WELCOMES HILARY BARRETT AS CAMPAIGN MANAGER

 

(Austin, TX) -- Today, Joseph Kopser’s campaign for Congress in TX-21 announced the hiring of Hilary Barrett as Campaign Manager. The Kopser campaign released the following statement:

 

“As we enter the next phase of building a new model of representation for all citizens of TX21, we are building the team to deliver new ideas to Washington and a new commitment to the district. To guide that team, we are excited to announce the hiring of our new Campaign Manager, Hilary Barrett.

 

“Hilary has worked on campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels in Nevada, California, and Utah gaining invaluable experience in coalition building and campaign integration. During the 2016 cycle, she brought her expertise to  a variety of roles at the Nevada State Democratic Party, electing Democrats up and down the ticket. She finished the election cycle as the Deputy Political Director for Hillary Clinton in Nevada. After the election, Hilary worked as a senior staff member in U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s Washington, D.C. office. Most recently, Hilary worked on the 2018 gubernatorial primary campaign for California State Treasurer John Chiang honing her already strong background in operations and political work.”

 

Barrett joins the growing campaign team beginning today.

 

Background:

Joseph Kopser is a 20-year Army veteran, technology entrepreneur, husband and father of three daughters, and Democratic nominee for Congress in TX-21. His candidacy is driven by concern for the future of our country and the path Washington leadership is taking. He is building a new coalition of voters who believe the values, priorities, and expectations of Texas’ 21st congressional district will serve as a model of service and representation for Texas and the United States.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: J Street PAC Endorses Joseph Kopser for Congress in TX-21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: June 26, 2018

CONTACT: Madison Kaigh, (609) 254-0647 (madison@kopserforcongress.com)

 

J STREET PAC ENDORSES JOSEPH KOPSER FOR CONGRESS IN TX-21

 

(Austin, TX) -- This week, J Street PAC announced their endorsement of Joseph Kopser for Congress in TX-21. J Street released the following statement:

 

“As an Army veteran who served in Iraq and a technology executive with experience in defense, Joseph Kopser understands that the United States and Israel have a special relationship. He recognizes that Israel’s long-term security depends on the realization of a two-state solution and that the US has an important role to play in brokering negotiations. Additionally, it is Kopser’s view that a two-state solution will protect Israel’s identity as a democracy and the Jewish homeland.”

 

In response to the endorsement, Joseph Kopser said,

 

“We live in a complicated world, and we need to elect leaders who have experience managing that complexity. I’ve had a first-hand view of Middle East tension from two different perspectives--I twice served the Army in the Middle East in Iraq and worked with Israeli entrepreneurs in my business career. In Congress, I will be a dedicated advocate for a diplomatic approach to curbing Iran’s nuclear program, maintaining Israel’s military edge, and supporting state building and security efforts in the West Bank. I look forward to working with J Street in support of pursuing a safe, stable solution for all parties involved.”

 

The endorsement also adds to a growing list of local and regional leaders supporting Joseph Kopser, including Sen. Kirk Watson, Rep. Donna Howard, Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos, Judge Nelson Wolff, Commissioner Garry Mauro, Commissioner Brigid Shea, Kathleen Tobin Krueger, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Paul Begala, Matt Angle, Austin Central Labor Council, Texas AFL-CIO, San Antonio Express-News, Environment Texas, Circle C Area Democrats, Central Austin Democrats, South Austin Democrats, Austin Tejano Democrats, and West Austin Democrats. They join national supporters of Kopser for Congress including Vote Vets PAC, 314 Action Fund, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Congressman Seth Moulton, Jason Kander, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Khizr Khan, LEAP Forward, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, New Politics, the Texas Lone Star Project, and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Joseph Kopser has also been named a Gun Sense Candidate by Moms Demand Action.

 

Background:

Joseph Kopser is a 20-year Army veteran, technology entrepreneur, husband and father of three daughters, and Democratic nominee for Congress in TX-21. His candidacy is driven by concern for the future of our country and the path Washington leadership is taking. He is building a new coalition of voters who believe the values, priorities, and expectations of Texas’ 21st congressional district will serve as a model of service and representation for Texas and the United States.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Joseph Kopser's Statement on His Victory in the Democratic Primary for Texas' 21st Congressional District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: May 23, 2018

Contact: Madison Kaigh, (609) 254-0647 (madison@kopserforcongress.com)

 

JOSEPH KOPSER’S STATEMENT ON HIS VICTORY IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY FOR TEXAS’ 21ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

(Austin, TX) -- Last night, Joseph Kopser won the Democratic nomination for Congress in Texas’ 21st Congressional District. Kopser won his primary with 58 percent of the vote, winning in nine of the ten counties of TX-21. On Election Night, Joseph Kopser released the following statement.

 

“When we began this campaign a year ago today, I was running to unseat Lamar Smith, a 30-year incumbent who chaired the House Science Committee despite not believing in climate change. In the process, I’ve learned so much--about this district, about the challenges we face, and about everything we have in common. The thousands of Texans I’ve spoken with over the last twelve months are concerned about our future but confident that, when we work together, we really can make progress.

“We know how to win in November. It’s the foundation of our victory tonight and why so many have invested in this campaign. If we blaze a new trail, assembling a new coalition and investing in new strategies, we can win in November. If we overcome the cynical purpose of gerrymandering and pursue what’s right for our communities, we can win in November. If we focus on the values we have in common and the issues that bring us together, we will win in November.

 

“Together, we’ll fight to fulfill this district’s potential by harnessing the abundance of wind and solar to create new jobs. We’ll work to make sure everyone in TX-21 can access the booming new economy along the I-35 corridor while ensuring the Hill Country remains country. We’ll make education and training available to anyone, because everyone who’s willing to put in the work should get a shot at the American Dream. We’ll advocate for health care for all, so that every Texan has the freedom to pursue an innovative idea or leave a bad job. To keep our schools and churches safe, we’ll build a new consensus to pass common sense background checks and gun safety reforms.

 

“Those are the priorities we’ll be carrying forward over the next sixth months, and, with the momentum we’ve generated, all the way through November.”

Live video of Joseph’s speech can be found here.

Background:

Joseph Kopser is a Democrat, 20-year Army veteran, technology entrepreneur, and father of three daughters running for Congress in TX-21. His candidacy is driven by concern for the future of our country and the path Washington leadership is taking. He is building a new coalition of voters who believe the values, priorities, and expectations of Texas’ 21st congressional district will serve as a model of service and representation for Texas and the United States.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Endorses Joseph Kopser in TX-21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: May 30, 2018

CONTACT: Madison Kaigh, (609) 254-0647 (madison@kopserforcongress.com)

 

COALITION TO STOP GUN VIOLENCE ENDORSES JOSEPH KOPSER IN TX-21

 

(Austin, Texas) - This week, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence endorsed Joseph Kopser for Congress in Texas’ 21st Congressional District. CSGV released the following statement:

 

“We strongly endorse Kopser for Congress in TX-21. As a combat veteran, Kopser will bring a unique voice to the gun violence debate in Congress. He is a strong supporter of background checks and federal regulation of assault weapons. We look forward to working with Joseph Kopser.”

 

In response to the endorsement, Joseph Kopser said:

 

“I am extremely honored and proud to be endorsed by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Since the 1970’s, they’ve been working to prevent violence through education and policy. I’m proud to support many of the common sense policies they’ve been fighting for and, if elected, I will be a strong ally in the fight to make our schools, churches, and streets safer.”

 

The CSGV endorsement represents Kopser’s significant support from gun safety organizations, including the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, LEAP Forward, and the gun sense candidate distinction from Moms Demand Action.

 

The endorsement also adds to a growing list of leaders supporting Joseph Kopser, including Senator Kirk Watson, Representative Donna Howard, Representative Eddie Rodriguez, Senator Gonzalo Barrientos, Judge Nelson Wolff, Commissioner Garry Mauro, Commissioner Brigid Shea, Kathleen Tobin Krueger, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Paul Begala, and Matt Angle. They join institutional supporters of Kopser for Congress including Austin Central Labor Council, Texas AFL-CIO, San Antonio Express-News, Environment Texas, Circle C Area Democrats, Central Austin Democrats, South Austin Democrats, Austin Tejano Democrats, West Austin Democrats, Vote Vets PAC, 314 Action Fund, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Congressman Seth Moulton, Jason Kander, Khizr Khan, LEAP Forward, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, New Politics, and the Texas Lone Star Project. Joseph Kopser has also been named a Gun Sense Candidate by Moms Demand Action.

 

Background:

Joseph Kopser is a 20-year Army veteran, technology entrepreneur, father of three daughters, and Democratic nominee for Congress in TX-21. His candidacy is driven by concern for the future of our country and the path Washington leadership is taking. He is building a new coalition of voters who believe the values, priorities, and expectations of Texas’ 21st congressional district will serve as a model of service and representation for Texas and the United States.

 

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Spectrum News: "Candidate Conversation: Joseph Kopser"

By Karina Kling

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Democratic candidate in the race to replace longtime Republican Congressman Lamar Smith has called immigration "one of the defining issues of our time."

"Responding to news that the U.S. House will vote on competing for immigration bills next week, Joseph Kopser said real immigration reform is needed quickly."

“Let's make a path to legalization and then citizenship so that we can not only do what's right by families and the American people, but let's add new workers to the American workforce because as I travel around the ten counties of this district, there are help wanted signs that are fading in the sun and we need more people in this country to do that," Kopser said.

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BuzzFeed News: "Combat Veterans Are Running On A Gun Control Message — But Can They Win?"

By Paul McLeod

"An ad from Pat Ryan, an Iraq War veteran and one of the Democratic candidates running in a Republican district in upstate New York, cuts from footage of US soldiers in combat to shots of children dressing in combat armor to attend class"

“If our children are going up against this,” says Ryan, holding a long-arm rifle, “they should have the same protection we give our soldiers. Or we could just get rid of assault rifles. What makes more sense to you?”

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Medium: "We Must Take Action to Keep Families Together"

"Right now in Texas and along the U.S./Mexico border, children are being intentionally separated from their families, incarcerated in detention centers, and subjected to harmful conditions through no fault of their own. There is no better evidence that our immigration system is broken and the values we share are being abandoned."

"On Thursday, I joined with Congressman Joaquin Castro, the Texas House’s Mexican American Legislative Caucus, and a broad coalition of San Antonians to protest the forced separation of families. The next day, we rallied with candidates at the state and federal level, along with local Austin activists, to protest the lack of leadership that has allowed the President to pursue these policies unchecked."

"I’m proud to join these other candidates, activists, elected officials, and community leaders to protest the Trump Administration’s inhumane policy of ripping families apart at the border."

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CrowdPac: "Joseph Kopser wins Texas runoff!"

"On Tuesday, veteran, and entrepreneur Joseph Kopser took home a victory in the primary runoff for Texas’ 21st Congressional District. It was a decisive win for Kopser — winning by 16 percentage points — and now he’s going to make most of this opportunity to flip this deeply red seat blue in November."

But he wasn’t always sure that running for office was for him.

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Science Magazine: "The science candidate Kopser, builds big tent after win in Texas"

By Jeffrey Mervis

"Kopser captured last week’s Democratic nomination for a congressional seat in central Texas by convincing his party’s voters that he stands the best chance of winning the November general election in the solidly Republican district. But the clean energy entrepreneur and West Point, NewYork-trained engineer is walking a fine line: He is appealing to “disillusioned” Republicans and independents at the same time he criticizes the “chaotic” and “undisciplined” policies of President Donald Trump and worries about the “numbing” effect his policies are having on the electorate."

“Right now, the voters who are most likely to go to the polls in November are mad that so many things they have been working on have been put at risk or are going backwards because of what the president has done,” says Kopser, who defeated Mary Wilson, a former community college math professor, 58% to 42%, in last week’s primary runoff. “Those actions make it that much harder to do things like move to a clean-energy economy, or improve our health care system, or pass a budget, or talk about immigration reform.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Senator Elizabeth Warren Endorses Joseph Kopser for Congress in TX-21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: June 25, 2018

CONTACT: Madison Kaigh, (609) 254-0647 (madison@kopserforcongress.com)

 

SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN ENDORSES JOSEPH KOPSER FOR CONGRESS IN TX-21

 

Today, Senator Elizabeth Warren announced her endorsement of Joseph Kopser, the Democratic nominee for Congress in Texas’ 21st Congressional District. Senator Warren released the following statement through Kopser’s campaign.

 

“Joseph Kopser will fight for working families. He’s not running for office to be in the pocket of giant corporations or billionaires. He’s running to fight for Texas families, for better wages and good paying jobs. He believes science and climate change are real. He will fight for Texas everyday and I’m proud to endorse him.”

 

In response to the endorsement, Joseph Kopser said,

 

“I am honored to have the support of Senator Elizabeth Warren in this race for TX-21. Her leadership on the issues we all care about, from workers’ rights to the clean energy economy, has been exemplary. I look forward to working alongside her to fight for a living wage, institute paid family leave, and make good, clean energy jobs a priority.”

 

The endorsement also adds to a growing list of leaders supporting Joseph Kopser, including Senator Kirk Watson, Representative Donna Howard, Representative Eddie Rodriguez, Senator Gonzalo Barrientos, Judge Nelson Wolff, Commissioner Garry Mauro, Commissioner Brigid Shea, Kathleen Tobin Krueger, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Paul Begala, and Matt Angle. They join institutional supporters of Kopser for Congress including Austin Central Labor Council, Texas AFL-CIO, San Antonio Express-News, Environment Texas, Circle C Area Democrats, Central Austin Democrats, South Austin Democrats, Austin Tejano Democrats, West Austin Democrats, Vote Vets PAC, 314 Action Fund, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Congressman Seth Moulton, Jason Kander, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Khizr Khan, LEAP Forward, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, New Politics, the Texas Lone Star Project, and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Joseph Kopser has also been named a Gun Sense Candidate by Moms Demand Action.

 

Background:

Joseph Kopser is a 20-year Army veteran, technology entrepreneur, father of three daughters, and Democratic nominee for Congress in TX-21. His candidacy is driven by concern for the future of our country and the path Washington leadership is taking. He is building a new coalition of voters who believe the values, priorities, and expectations of Texas’ 21st congressional district will serve as a model of service and representation for Texas and the United States.

 

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Joseph Kopser Statement on Department of Justice Refusal to Protect Health Care for Texans with Pre-Existing Conditions

(Austin, Texas) -- Last night, the Department of Justice announced that, in a Texas lawsuit, it will refuse to defend the constitutionality of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Joseph Kopser, Democratic nominee for Texas’ 21st Congressional District, released the following statement:

 

“This Administration’s attempts to jeopardize coverage for Texans is proof that our health care system is vulnerable. Refusing to guarantee protections for pre-existing conditions will gut coverage for millions of hard-working Americans, including over 328,000 here in TX-21. Instead of supporting those Texans, my opponent would join Ken Paxton to jeopardize care for their families further--even though in 2016 he abused taxpayer money to the tune of thousands of dollars to remain on payroll at a government job he had already left that gave him the health care coverage he needed.

 

“When I retired from the Army, health care is what gave me the freedom to take a risk and found my business with the knowledge that my family would be taken care of. In Congress, I will fight for accessible, affordable health care for all, because everyone deserves the opportunity I had.”

 

Background:

Joseph Kopser is a 20-year Army veteran, technology entrepreneur, father of three daughters, and Democratic nominee for Congress in TX-21. His candidacy is driven by concern for the future of our country and the path Washington leadership is taking. He is building a new coalition of voters who believe the values, priorities, and expectations of Texas’ 21st congressional district will serve as a model of service and representation for Texas and the United States.

 

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