PRESS ADVISORY: Joseph Kopser to Visit Bandera County, Continuing First in a Generation TX-21 Town Hall Tour with Fifth of Ten Events

PRESS ADVISORY

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: August 31, 2018

Contact: Madison Kaigh, (726) 999-0176 (madison@kopserforcongress.com)

 

Joseph Kopser to Visit Bandera County, Continuing First in a Generation TX-21 Town Hall Tour with Fifth of Ten Events

(Bandera, TX) -- This Sunday, Joseph Kopser will visit Bandera County for the fifth of ten town halls throughout the Texas 21st Congressional District. Kopser, a 20-year Army Veteran, tech entrepreneur, and candidate for Congress in TX-21, will attend the town hall after hosting a recent meet & greet in Bandera that drew over 40 attendees of all political backgrounds.

Kopser was an early signer of the Town Hall Project’s pledge, and has committed himself to holding a minimum of four town halls per year if elected. During the General Election, Kopser has previously held town halls in Kendall, Kerr, Gillespie, and Blanco Counties.

Kopser’s campaign has repeatedly asked Roy for open, free, and accessible debates in all ten counties of TX-21, through public statements and social media. Details for Sunday’s event are below.

Bandera County Town Hall with Joseph Kopser

September 1, 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Bandera Electric Cooperative

3172 TX-16, Bandera, TX 78003

Facebook event | Campaign website

The town hall will be open to press. Please contact Madison at madison@kopserforcongress.com with questions or to RSVP.

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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Texas Public Radio: Candidates Vying For CD21 Seat Face Off In San Antonio

 

The race to replace long-standing Texas Congressman Lamar Smith is heating up between Republican Chip Roy and his Democratic rival Joseph Kopser. They faced off in a debate on Wednesday at Pearl Studios, hosted by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

With topics ranging from immigration to trade, both candidates were asked what they felt should be done about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Roy supports Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s position that the federal program is unconstitutional.

“We need border security, and we need an immigration system that works that is merit-based so that people can have the labor that they need,” Roy said.

Kopser told the crowd his comprehensive immigration plan would include a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients.

“We owe Dreamers the promise that we have made to them. It is not their fault that they are here,” Kopser said.

When asked about ongoing discussions that aim to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, both Kopser and Roy agreed that any deal must be a pact that includes both Mexico and Canada.

Congressional District 21 runs through parts of the city, the Hill Country and into Austin.

The race between Kopser and Roy has attracted national attention because Texas Democrats believe they can end the Republicans' hold on the seat during the November midterm election.

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KSAT: U.S. Rep. District 21 candidates face off in debate

By David Ibanez

Winner between Chip Roy (R), Joseph Kopser (D) to replace Rep. Lamar Smith

SAN ANTONIO - The two candidates hoping to fill the District 21 congressional seat held by longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, of San Antonio, participated Thursday in a debate.

The San Antonio Chamber Of Commerce hosted a debate between Republican candidate Chip Roy and Democratic candidate Joseph Kopser.

The two talked about issues important to the business community, including the economy, transportation and health care.

Among the questions the candidates were asked if they are elected, what role should the government play in boosting the U.S. economy?

"What I want to see the federal government do is provide the conditions for a level playing field to make sure education is the great equalizer, that infrastructure is in place to move commerce and trade, to make sure immigration is reformed in a way that can add new Americans to the workforce to keep this economic miracle alive," Kopser said.

"Get more regulations out of the way, to provide more power for Texas to govern and see and do best what we can do. It's also to provide health care freedom, so we are no longer strangling businesses and people with the unbelievably high cost of health care. These are things we can achieve if the federal government gets out of the way of Texas," Roy said.

The candidates will face off in the Nov. 6 election.

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PRESS ADVISORY: Joseph Kopser to Host Health Care Roundtable in Kendall County on 8/28

PRESS ADVISORY

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: August 27, 2018

Contact: Madison Kaigh, (726) 999-0176 (madison@kopserforcongress.com)

 

Joseph Kopser to Host Health Care Roundtable in Kendall County on 8/28

(Boerne, TX) -- Tomorrow, Joseph Kopser will convene local experts for a roundtable on health care in Kendall County. Kopser, an Army veteran, businessman, and candidate for TX-21, will sit down with medical professionals, current patients, and insurance providers to discuss health care challenges in the region. Details are below:

Health Care Roundtable with Joseph Kopser

August 28, 2018, 9:15am - 10:30am

Patrick Heath Public Library

451 N Main St, Boerne, TX 78006

This event will be open to the press. Please contact Madison at madison@kopserforcongress.com with questions or to RSVP.

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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PRESS ADVISORY: Hosting Fourth of Ten Events, Joseph Kopser Brings First in a Generation TX-21 Town Hall Tour to Blanco County

PRESS ADVISORY

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: August 24, 2018

Contact: Madison Kaigh, (726) 999-0176 (madison@kopserforcongress.com)

Hosting Fourth of Ten Events, Joseph Kopser Brings First in a Generation TX-21 Town Hall Tour to Blanco County

(Johnson City, TX) -- This Sunday, Joseph Kopser will visit Johnson City for a town hall hosted by the Blanco County Democrats. Kopser, a 20-year Army Veteran, tech entrepreneur, and candidate for Congress in TX-21, will attend the town hall the day after his campaign launches volunteer events from 12 locations across the district’s 10 counties.

Kopser was an early signer of the Town Hall Project’s pledge, and has committed himself to holding a minimum of four town halls per year if elected. During the General Election, Kopser has previously held town halls in Kendall, Kerr, and Gillespie Counties. Ahead of Sunday’s event, Kopser released the following statement.

“Our campaign is about bringing people to the table to solve tough problems and fight against Washington inaction. Holding town halls in each county of this district is allowing us to do just that--build a broad coalition of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents who are ready to send in the cavalry to bring calm to the chaos of DC. The citizens of TX-21 deserve to hear from their candidates in free and open forums in all ten counties. That’s why we’ve invited Chip Roy to join us for our previous town halls, and why we’re opening the doors to him this Sunday to sit down for a real conversation.”

Kopser’s campaign has repeatedly asked Roy for open, accessible debates in all ten counties of TX-21, through public statements and social media. Details for Sunday’s event are below.

Blanco County Town Hall with Joseph Kopser

Co-Hosted by Blanco County Democrats

August 26, 2018, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

290 Vinery, 300 W Main St #115

Johnson City, TX 78636

Facebook event | Campaign website

The town hall will be open to press. Please contact Madison at madison@kopserforcongress.com with questions or to RSVP.

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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Texas' 21st Congressional District Race Is More Competitive Than It's Been In Decades

There are six competitive House races in Texas in the November midterms, including one in the state's 21st Congressional District, which includes a large portion of Austin and areas north of San Antonio.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson looks at who is running to replace Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, who's retiring after three decades in the seat, and what voters are saying.

This segment aired on August 21, 2018. 

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TribTalk: Six Texas races could determine whether Democrats flip the House

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Control of the U.S. House hangs in the balance of the outcome of dozens of races across the country, including a half dozen in Texas. For those who believe this election will in many respects be a referendum on the Trump presidency and who place great stock in the quality and ability of individual candidates to alter the course of a race, the prospects of flipping several Texas GOP-held seats are bright. But, for those who believe the partisan demographics of a district tend to be paramount and tend to discount the extent to which candidates can swim against a strong partisan tide in Texas, the GOP’s prospects of retaining at least five of the six seats are bright.

Democrats are hopeful President Donald Trump's unpopularity as well as the high quality of the Democratic candidates will help flip as many as six of the 25 U.S. House seats that make up the largest GOP state delegation in the House (Florida is next with 16). Republicans are hopeful the significant natural Republican advantage in five of the six districts combined with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's long coattails will help keep most if not all of these seats in GOP hands.

The table contains information on the six races identified by the leading Beltway pundits (CNN, The Cook Political Report, Inside Elections, Sabato’s Crystal Ball) as potentially in play, as well as lists the combined pundit rating for the district. In addition to the Republican and Democratic candidates’ names and incumbent status (I) the table provides four metrics useful in assessing the likelihood the district will turn blue in November.

Partisan Voting Index (PVI): The average difference in 2014 and in 2016 between the percentage of the vote won by the median Republican and median Democratic statewide judicial candidates in the district.

Trump Voting Index (TVI): Trump's margin of victory in the district over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Abbott Voting Index (AVI): Abbott's margin of victory in the district over Democrat Wendy Davis in the 2014 gubernatorial election.

Current Cash on Hand (R/D COH July): The ratio of the cash on hand held by the Republican to that held by the Democrat (negative values indicate the Democrat held the advantage by that ratio).

The Beltway Pundits believe CD-7 is the Texas GOP district most likely to flip in November, followed closely by CD-23CD-32 is seen as the next most vulnerable, followed by a pair (CD-21 and CD-31) still projected to remain red, but where the GOP candidate is not out of the woods. CD-2 is seen as a safe Republican district by all but one pundit.

CD-7 is rated as heavily in play as a result of, among other factors, Clinton's defeat of Trump in the district by 1.4 percent. There’s also the high concentration of centrist Republican, college-educated Anglos who disapprove of the Trump presidency in the district and the accurate belief by the pundits that Democrat Lizzie Fletcher is a higher quality candidate than incumbent Republican John Culberson. The pundits tend to discount the district’s natural Republican lean (PVI of 22.9) as well as the reality that the 2014 AVI (21.8) and current gubernatorial campaign dynamics suggest Abbott will defeat Democrat Lupe Valdez in CD-7 by between 15 and 20 points. This built in GOP advantage and Abbott dominance suggest one out of every seven or eight Abbott voters will have to cross over to Fletcher if she is to defeat Culberson; this in a district where two out of three voters utilize the straight-ticket voting option.

Just as Michael J. Fox is the Anti-Elvis, CD-23 is the antithesis of CD-7, in that Republican incumbent Will Hurd is given a slightly better than even chance to win by the pundits in spite of the district's low PVI, Trump's loss by 3.5 percent, and the president's rising unpopularity with Latinos who account for half of CD-23’s voters. Contrary to CD-7, Hurd is accurately considered by the pundits to be a superior candidate to his Democratic rival, Gina Ortiz Jones, which they believe may allow him to survive in spite of the millstone Trump has placed around his neck.

CD-32, CD-7's DFW doppelgänger, is seen as having a potential to flip due to Trump's loss in the district in 2016 combined with its larger than average share of centrist college-educated Anglo Republicans. CD-32 has a lower PVI and AVI than CD-7, but is considered less vulnerable by the pundits based on the correct assessment that Republican incumbent Pete Sessions is a better candidate than Culberson and will have a greater campaign resource advantage over his Democratic rival, Collin Allred.

The pundits view CD-21 (Republican Chip Roy vs. Democrat Joseph Kopser) and CD-31 (Republican incumbent John Carter vs. Democrat MJ Hegar) as long shots for Democrats, but potentially winnable in a perfect storm due to the weight they place on the superior quality of the Democrat, especially in CD-31. From a pure district fundamentals perspective however, based on their PVI (22.1 & 23.9), TVI (9.8 & 12.5) and AVI (19.5 & 25.5), neither race should be considered in play. The most likely scenario is Roy and Carter win by double-digit margins.

Only The Cook Political Report considers the CD-2 faceoff between Republican Dan Crenshaw and Democrat Todd Litton to not be a lock for the GOP. The Safe Republican designation given by the other pundits stems from the overwhelming advantage any Republican would have in CD-2 (PVI of 27.2) combined with Crenshaw’s popular appeal due to his decorated service as a Navy SEAL and overall impressive resume (though Litton also is a compelling candidate).

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PRESS ADVISORY: Joseph Kopser to Host Roundtable, Convene Local Experts to Discuss our Immigration Crisis

PRESS ADVISORY

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: August 20, 2018

Contact: Madison Kaigh, (726) 999-0176, (madison@kopserforcongress.com)

Joseph Kopser to Host Roundtable, Convene Local Experts to Discuss our Immigration Crisis

(San Antonio, TX) -- After visiting the border between El Paso and Juarez and sharing what he learned with the voters of TX-21, Joseph Kopser will host an immigration roundtable in San Antonio this Wednesday, August 22. Kopser, a 20-year Army veteran and businessman, will continue his listening tour throughout the district with town halls in each of the ten counties and roundtables focused on the issues that matter most to constituents.

The roundtable will bring together local experts to explore our common values and shared challenges surrounding the immigration crisis. The conversation will include local leaders and immigration stakeholders, academics who teach and research the issue at the university level, and local Latinx activists.

The conversation will convene at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, August 22nd in San Antonio and will be open to press. Please contact Madison at madison@kopserforcongress.com with questions or to RSVP.

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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New York Times: Democrats Calling for New Leadership

About 60 Democratic House candidates have said that they prefer new leadership if the party wins back the House in November. Some have specifically said they would not support Representative Nancy Pelosi as speaker. Many are in districts that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hopes to flip from red to blue.

Incumbents who have won primaries
Bill Pascrell Jr. NJ-9 “I would expect that we would have, win or lose, new leadership by January 1, 2019.”
Brian Higgins NY-26 “She's listening, but this is my conclusion: She's aloof, frenetic and misguided.”
Conor Lamb PA-17 “I’ve already said on the front page of the newspaper that I don’t support Nancy Pelosi.”
Filemon Vela TX-34 “Running against Nancy Pelosi is going to help you a lot more than running with her.”
Jim Cooper TN-5 “... The House needs a new generation of leaders who can appeal to a broad swath of the American electorate.” (through a spokesman)
Kathleen Rice NY-4 “She has been a great leader, but like every leader, time immemorial, it's time for people to know when to go.”
Kurt Schrader OR-5 “The Republicans are the ones who are her biggest advocates.”
Linda Sánchez CA-38 “I think there comes a time when you need to pass that torch. And I think it's time.”
Ron Kind WI-3 “I think someone new would be a breath of fresh air.”
Tim Ryan OH-13 “The focus is on 2018, but I think there is going to be some change, whether it’s newer members or maybe someone not in leadership right now.”

Other nominees
Districts currently held by a Republican that the D.C.C.C. hopes to flip in November are highlighted in red.
Abigail Spanberger VA-7 “We need new leadership in Washington, on both sides of the aisle ... under no circumstances would I vote for Nancy Pelosi to again be speaker of the House.”
Aftab Pureval OH-1 “I’m running for Congress because I genuinely believe we need a new generation of leadership. Washington is broken. It’s toxic, and it’s on both sides.”
Ammar Campa-Najjar CA-50 “I think we need new leadership.”
Andrew Janz CA-22 “I think it's time for a new generation of leaders to go to Washington ... I think the country, and my district in particular, is hungry for change.”
Andy Kim NJ-3 “As I’m now working to help my community here in New Jersey, it’s time we have new leadership on both sides of the aisle in Washington to get the job done.”
Anthony Brindisi NY-22 “It's something that I decided early on by talking to voters in the district. I believe it's time for new leadership on both sides of the aisle.”
Ben McAdams UT-4 “It’s time for new leadership. I’d be looking at who’s running and what they bring to the table.”
Brendan Kelly IL-12 “I think we need new leadership in both parties and that’s just how I feel and I feel that way because the way it’s currently going in D.C. has not served the people of Southern Illinois.”
Clarke Tucker AR-2 “... I won't vote for Nancy Pelosi. We're better than that.”
Dan Kohl WI-6 "If I'm elected to Congress, I would not vote for Nancy Pelosi as leader of the Democrats. It’s time for a new generation of leadership in Washington."
Dan McCready NC-9 “The fact is leaders of both parties have let us down. It’s time for a change. And that starts at the top.”
Danielle Mitchell TN-3 “I admire Pelosi and deeply appreciate all she has accomplished, but I wouldn’t back her for another term as speaker of the House.”
Elissa Slotkin MI-8 “If I am elected and I am in a position to vote for speaker, I’m going to vote for the person who’s going to do the most for Michigan, for our community, and, at this point, I think that’s someone else.”
Gil Cisneros CA-39 “While I respect Representative Pelosi’s years of advocacy on behalf of California and the Democratic party, new leadership is needed.”
Haley Stevens MI-11 Said she would not support Ms. Pelosi as speaker.
J.D. Scholten IA-4 “I definitely think it’s time for new leadership.”
James Thompson KS-4 “I like Nancy ... But I think that we need new, fresh leadership in there that has a progressive vision, and Nancy’s a corporate centrist.”
Janet Garrett OH-4 “I look at the leadership, I think we should vote them all out.”
Jared Golden ME-2 “... No intention of voting for Nancy Pelosi. None at all.”
Jason Crow CO-6 “I want new leadership to set up and move this country forward.”
Portrait: Jeff Van Drew Jeff Van Drew NJ-2 “We need to change the leadership in Washington."
Portrait: Jess King Jess King PA-11 “Congress already has too many career politicians in leadership ... We need to make Washington D.C. work for all of us, instead of just working for the political establishment.”
Portrait: Jill Schiller Jill Schiller OH-2 “I plan to vote for a new generation of leaders.”
Portrait: Joe Cunningham Joe Cunningham SC-1 “It’s not a knock on Pelosi. But all across the board, people we’re talking to realize that we need new leadership, and that’s what we represent.”
Joseph Kopser TX-21 “I'm not supporting Nancy Pelosi as leader in any vote because I believe there are people who can better take the Democratic Party and our country forward.”
Joshua Welle NJ-4 “It’s clear that Congress is not working for everyday people, and now is the time for new leadership in Washington with fresh ideas on moving our country forward and united.”
Kara Eastman NE-2 “Democrats must have term limits like the Republicans have for their Congressional leaders. I would support a new House leader in 2019!”
Kathleen Williams MT-at-large “Unfortunately, this Congress is stuck in endless dysfunction and partisan gridlock. That’s why I won’t be voting for Nancy Pelosi for leader.”
Kathy Manning NC-13 “I cannot vote for more of the same, and I cannot support Nancy Pelosi or Paul Ryan to lead Congress. We need fresh faces and bold ideas leading both parties.”
Ken Harbaugh OH-7 “We are overdue for a new generation of leadership ... We have a remarkable opportunity in front of us, and it’s going to take new thinking and new leadership to capitalize on it.”
Liz Watson IN-9 “I won't vote for Nancy Pelosi because we need new leadership in Washington. I've been out across the district listening to folks and they know that Washington is broken.”
Mac Schneider ND-at-large “I think we need someone who can deliver an economic message — someone who can come out to North Dakota and talk to farmers and ranchers and explain why Democratic policies are better for their pocketbooks.”
Max Rose NY-11 “If the Democratic Party is going to earn back the trust of the American people then we need to show them that we are serious about changing our politics — and that means we need a change in leadership.”
Mel Hall IN-2 “Washington is broken — and career politicians in both parties are to blame.”
Mikie Sherrill NJ-11 “We know that the next 50 years aren’t going to look like the last 50 years, and we need a new generation of leaders who are going to bring forward fresh ideas as to how we move this country forward.”
Nate McMurray NY-27 “I think it’s time to move on.”
Paul Davis KS-2 “This is a broken Congress right now, and I think the leaders of both political parties bear responsibility for that. And I think that we need new leadership in both political parties.”
Rashida Tlaib MI-13 “I need someone that ... is connected with, just the different levels of poverty that's going on, the fact that there are structures and barriers for working families in my district that need to be dismantled.”
Richard Ojeda WV-3 “I think that Nancy is bad for our party; I think we need some working-class Democrats that actually know what it’s like for the average citizen out there.”
Ron DiNicola PA-16 “I respect the contributions that have been made by the Democratic leadership in the past, but I think it's time for a change on both sides of the aisle.”
Theresa Gasper OH-10 “Although this discussion is premature, I would support new leadership in the House.”
Tim Bjorkman SD-at-large “I will not support Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the House or any other leadership position.”
Candidates in upcoming primaries
Deaglan McEachern NH-1 “Though I am thankful for Nancy Pelosi's service to our party and country, I do not see her as a representative leading us into the future.”
Maura Sullivan NH-1 “I will not be supporting Leader Pelosi because I think we need a new generation of leadership. We need new leadership to move the country forward.”
Mindi Messmer NH-1 “It’s time to empower younger people to step up as leaders in Congress to inspire our youth everywhere.”
Nancy Soderberg FL-6 “No, I believe you need new leadership in Congress if you’re going to change the dysfunction in Washington.”
Terence O'Rourke NH-1 “It’s time for the nation to turn the page on that tired, failed political generation.”
Seth Moulton MA-6 (Incumbent) “At the end of the day this just wasn’t leadership that we saw from our Democratic party leaders, and that's why I'm calling for a new generation of leaders in our party.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Joseph Kopser Welcomes Chip Roy to TX-21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: August 9, 2018

Contact: Madison Kaigh, (726) 999-0176 (madison@kopserforcongress.com)

 

Joseph Kopser Welcomes Chip Roy to TX-21

(Blanco, TX) -- Today, Joseph Kopser’s campaign in TX-21 released the following statement today about Chip Roy’s upcoming 21-stop tour.

“After spending two decades playing partisan games and swimming in the Washington Swamp, Chip Roy ought to rename his tour the ‘Welcome to Texas Tour,” said Kopser.

“It’s great that Chip Roy finally wants to meet the people he’s running to represent, and we encourage voters to welcome Chip and introduce him to the issues they care about.

“I know firsthand that people are hungry for a leader who will put partisan politics aside to focus on actually solving big problems and doing what is right for Texas. That’s exactly what we did in the military and in business — brought people together to get the job done — and that’s what I’ll do in Congress.”

Roy recently laid out a description of Washington insiders in his own words. "People get into Washington and they get neck deep in the swamp and just start swimming instead of getting themselves out of the swamp. I've seen it firsthand. I've had more experience in Washington than I care to have had, which is ironic given what I'm running for."

Kopser agrees. “It is ironic. Chip seems awful anxious to get back home to DC.”

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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PRESS ADVISORY: Joseph Kopser's Campaign for Congress in TX-21 Continues to Increase Staff, Has Knocked 40,000 Doors in 2018

PRESS ADVISORY

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: August 8, 2018

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

Joseph Kopser's Campaign for Congress in TX-21 Continues to Increase Staff, Has Knocked 40,000 Doors in 2018

(San Antonio, TX) -- Joseph Kopser--veteran, tech entrepreneur, and candidate for TX-21--announced today that he is increasing his campaign staff to place dedicated field organizers throughout the district. Building on its significant existing infrastructure of volunteers and coordinators, the campaign will onboard additional full-time staff in Bexar County and the Texas Hill Country.

“We’ve seen it across this district; once people learn our message of common sense, independent leadership, and fighting against Washington inaction, they want to be a part of our team. To make sure that message gets out to every voter in TX-21, we’re bringing it to them--by hiring talented, enthusiastic staff who can meet them where they are. I’m proud to bring the same principles to our campaign that I brought to my military career and my company; like the rest of our team, our new staff ranges in age, background, and veteran status.”

Kopser also announced that his campaign has knocked over 40,000 doors in 2018, including 10,000 in the General Election alone.

“Thanks to our dedicated volunteers across TX-21, our team has now knocked on over 40,000 doors this year. We are engaging voters of every party, including many who tell us they’ve never had a Congressional candidate in their neighborhood before, because we know that at the end of the day we have far more in common than that which separates us.”

The Kopser campaign will continue to hire staff, recruit volunteers, and use social media to reach as many voters as possible to restore real leadership to TX-21.

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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Fedscoop: One organization’s movement to get more techies in Congress

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Congress has developed a reputation for its general lack of tech experience, but a new political action committee wants to fix that by starting at the top.

The group, 314 Action, plans to put money behind candidates who can keep up with complex technology issues at a time when they inevitably land on the mainstream legislative agenda.

Congress continues to make the need for more STEM expertise apparent as members’ questioning in hearings on tech issues falls short, says Shaughnessy Naughton, president of 314 Action, which brands itself as a Democratic PAC focused on electing “more leaders to the U.S. Senate, House, State Executive and Legislative offices who come from STEM backgrounds.” Even though some congressional offices might have tech-savvy staffers, 314 Action’s goal is more focused on bringing in new elected officials with that knowledge.

Naughton pointed in particular to questions asked of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg during multiple hearings on Capitol Hill earlier this year amid the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

“When you watch those Facebook hearings, that was just, you know, beyond embarrassment,” she told FedScoop. “It’s really reckless that so many of our legislators really don’t understand fundamental aspects of our modern economy.”

Naughton, an entrepreneur with a degree in chemistry, has made two unsuccessful bids for Congress. But she has used that experience from running in founding 314 Action, which has endorsed several candidates with technology backgrounds in their runs for House seats in 2018.

314 Action’s original focus was more on science and medicine, given Naughton’s background. But she said the organization is “really encouraged” to see technologists and engineers step up.

“Whether it comes to privacy or automation or technology, I think having people that understand how we can benefit but also how we have to prepare for technology and the changes that it brings” is important, Naughton said.

So far the PAC has donated $162,000 directly to about three dozen Democratic candidates in 2018, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Most of those donations were $5,000 or $10,000.

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Science Alert: This Rocket Scientist Knows How to Talk With Conservative Voters About Science

By CARLY CASSELLA

When it comes to discussing evidence-based policy with voters, Congressional candidate, combat veteran and rocket scientist Joseph Kopser knows just what to do.

"We have more in common than that which separates us," he told us at Science AF.

"We want quality jobs with meaningful wages, education that prepares us for the 21st century workforce, and a focus on our children's futures."

Kopser's desire to reach across the aisle has come under fire from some Democrats for being too "centrist." But in a Republican stronghold like Texas' 21st Congressional District, getting past the political tribalism and into the nitty gritty of the issues has worked in Kopser's favor.

Even though more scientists are running for office in the US than ever before, halfway through 2018, Kopser is one of the only science candidates to win his Congressional primary.

This means that Kopser is now one step closer to replacing Republican Representative Lamar Smith, one of the most notorious science deniers in government and, naturally, the current chairman of the Congressional Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

This year, Lamar is finally stepping down after several decades on the job, and if Kopser wins his seat in November, the rocket scientist could flip the district blue for the first time since 1979, becoming one of the only scientists in Congress.

As a first-time candidate with an unusual and unique background not often seen in politics, this would be an impressive feat, and the Democratic party is giving him their full support.

"Joseph Kopser will fight for working families," said Elizabeth Warren in a statement shortly after Kopser's victory.

 

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