ENDORSEMENT: Former San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero Endorses Joseph Kopser for Congress

FORMER SAN MARCOS MAYOR DANIEL GUERRERO ENDORSES JOSEPH KOPSER

 

(Austin, Texas) - Today, former San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero endorsed Joseph Kopser’s campaign for Congress in TX-21. The Kopser campaign released the following statement from Mayor Guerrero:

 

“I am proud to endorse Joseph Kopser for Congress in the 21st District. His background in clean energy, technology, and transportation makes him an ideal candidate to represent the Texas Innovation Corridor connecting San Marcos to Austin and San Antonio. Joseph shares the core values of Hays County and will ably represent us in Congress.”

 

Joseph Kopser added:

 

“I am honored to have Mayor Daniel Guerrero join our growing coalition in TX-21. The partnership of Mayor Guerrero and other regional leaders will allow this district to meet its full potential, and with their support we can leverage tech and education to establish a new hub for innovation along the I-35 corridor and access to those new economy jobs for all citizens of TX-21.”

 

This endorsement 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, Paul Begala, and Matt Angle. They join institutional supporters of Kopser for Congress including Austin Central Labor Council, Texas AFL-CIO, 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:

Daniel Guerrero served as Mayor of San Marcos for six years, leaving office in 2016. During his time in office, San Marcos was the fastest growing city in the country for its size. Mayor Guerrero effectively managed that growth and created partnerships within the San Marcos community, while working to protect the environment in Hays County. Previously, he served on the San Marcos City Council from 2004-2008. Guerrero is now a Business Development Consultant with JL Powers and Associates and a Global Business lecturer at Texas State University.

 

Joseph Kopser is a 20-year Army veteran, technology entrepreneur, and father of three daughters running in the Democratic Primary for 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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ENDORSEMENT: Kathleen Tobin Krueger Endorses Joseph Kopser For Congress

KATHLEEN TOBIN KRUEGER ENDORSES JOSEPH KOPSER FOR CONGRESS

 

(New Braunfels, Texas) - Today, Kathleen Tobin Krueger, former New Braunfels City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem, endorsed Joseph Kopser in the Democratic runoff for the 21st Congressional District. Kathleen Krueger released the following statement:

 

“There could not be more at stake in this election. TX-21 has grown exponentially over the last 30 years, and it's critical that our first new Representative in the 21st Century be able to lead the conversation on growth, inclusion, school safety and gun violence, the environment, education, and health care. Joseph has been a consistent leader on these issues and his commitment to working for every part--and every citizen--of the 21st District is exactly what we need in Congress.”

 

Photo by Jim Flynn

 

In response to the endorsement, Joseph Kopser said:


“Kathleen Krueger personifies the spirit of TX-21 and this campaign. Her commitment to public service--in New Braunfels, the Hill Country, the state of Texas, Washington, DC, and around the world--has established a new standard in strengthening and engaging community during times of great change. That commitment is more necessary now than ever. Her resolve that values, equity, and inclusion remain at the core of politics and policy reflects the expectations of TX-21 voters, and I will work tirelessly to fulfill those expectations.”

This endorsement adds to a growing list of leaders supporting Joseph Kopser, including Senator Kirk Watson, Representative Donna Howard, Representative Eddie Rodriguez, Senator Gonzalo Barrientos, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Commissioner Garry Mauro, Commissioner Brigid Shea, former San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Paul Begala, and Matt Angle. They join institutional supporters of Kopser for Congress including Austin Central Labor Council, Texas AFL-CIO, 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:

Kathleen Tobin Krueger was born in San Antonio, Texas and raised from age 11 on her family’s ranch in Bandera County, which remains in operation today. In 1980, she graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in English Literature and Journalism. After working as a Legislative Assistant in the Washington office of Congressman Sam B. Hall, Jr., she returned to Texas to work at Gill Savings Association and T Bar M Tennis Ranch. In 1983, she married her husband, former U.S. Senator Bob Krueger, the last Democrat to represent TX-21. From 2005 to 2011, Kathleen served on the New Braunfels City Council and served two years as Mayor Pro-tem. During her husband’s years as an American Ambassador in Burundi and Botswana, Kathleen was President of the Diplomatic Women’s Association and worked with Child to Child, Habitat for Humanity, and the Red Cross. Here in Texas, she serves on the board of the Texas Hill Country Alliance and has volunteered and worked with the Children’s Museum, Eden Hill Communities, Hope Hospice Foundation, Volunteers in Medicine, the New Braunfels MLK, Jr. Association, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, and many more.

 

Joseph Kopser is a 20-year Army veteran, technology entrepreneur, and father of three daughters running in the Democratic Primary for 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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ENDORSEMENT: Senator Gonzalo Barrientos Endorses Joseph Kopser For Congress

SENATOR GONZALO BARRIENTOS ENDORSES JOSEPH KOPSER FOR CONGRESS

 

(Austin, Texas) - This week, Former Texas State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos endorsed Joseph Kopser’s campaign for Congress in TX-21. Sen. Barrientos released the following statement:

 

“I am pleased to endorse Joseph Kopser for TX-21. As the 21st District becomes competitive for the first time in 40 years, Joseph is working to meet voters where they are and continue the fight to create a level playing field for jobs, education, and opportunity for all Texans. He not only represents the best chance to flip this seat but, more importantly, he will serve the people of TX-21 and not the special interests who’ve controlled the seat for decades.

 

“I am particularly excited to support Joseph, a 20-year Army veteran who served twice in Iraq, because of the history of military service in my family and in TX-21.”

 

Joseph Kopser added:

 

“I am honored and humbled to have the support of Senator Barrientos. He has been a fierce advocate for the people of Central Texas, and his ongoing work ensures that every voice has a place at the table. His guidance will strengthen our campaign’s commitment to ensure all citizens of TX-21 are represented in this campaign and in Washington.”

 

This endorsement adds to a growing list of leaders supporting Joseph Kopser, including Senator Kirk Watson, Representative Donna Howard, Representative Eddie Rodriguez, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Commissioner Garry Mauro, Commissioner Brigid Shea, Paul Begala, and Matt Angle. They join institutional supporters of Kopser for Congress, including 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 the Texas Lone Star Project, Circle C Area Democrats, Central Austin Democrats, and Austin Tejano Democrats. Joseph Kopser has also been named a Gun Sense Candidate by Moms Demand Action.

 

Background:

Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos represented District 14 in the Texas Senate from 1985-2007, serving Travis County. He formerly served in the Texas House, representing Austin from 1975-1985. Throughout his career, Sen. Barrientos has been a powerful voice for equality and a strong force against corruption. His advocacy for teachers, workers, and environmental causes has earned him the nickname “the people’s senator.”

 

Joseph Kopser is a 20-year Army veteran, technology entrepreneur, and father of three daughters running in the Democratic Primary for 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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ENDORSEMENT: Circle C Area Democrats and Austin Tejano Democrats Endorse Joseph Kopser for Congress

ICYMI: CIRCLE C AREA DEMOCRATS AND AUSTIN TEJANO DEMOCRATS

ENDORSE JOSEPH KOPSER FOR CONGRESS

 

(Austin, Texas) - This week, Circle C Area Democrats and the Austin Tejano Democrats endorsed Joseph Kopser’s campaign for Congress in TX-21.

 

Circle C Area Democrats is a Democratic club and state-registered political action committee that supports local Democratic candidates in southwest Travis County. They are dedicated to working for local candidates through volunteering and fundraising as southwest Travis County and Hays County become more electorally competitive.

 

Austin Tejano Democrats seek full representation for Hispanics at every level of the Democratic Party. They endorse local candidates and organize in the community to seek equal representation. In response to the endorsements, Joseph Kopser released the following statement:

 

“With the support of Circle C Area Democrats and Austin Tejano Democrats, we are continuing to build the broad coalition of Democratic voters that we need to succeed in May and flip the 21st District in November. Both organizations represent the critical efforts of Democrats in Travis County and beyond, and their work to energize and organize the voters in this district will be a key component of Democrats’ victories in 2018. I am honored to have Circle C Area Democrats and the Austin Tejano Democrats as part of our team, and I look forward to working with both groups in our mission to restore real leadership to TX-21.”

 

These endorsements adds to a growing list of leaders supporting Joseph Kopser, including Senator Kirk Watson, Representative Donna Howard, Representative Eddie Rodriguez, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Commissioner Garry Mauro, Commissioner Brigid Shea, Paul Begala, and Matt Angle. They join institutional supporters of Kopser for Congress, including 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, and father of three daughters running in the Democratic Primary for 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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ENDORSEMENT: Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence Endorses Joseph Kopser for Congress

The Kopser for Congress campaign released the following statement from The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence:

"As a candidate for Congress, Joseph Kopser is proactively and consistently promoting and supporting common sense gun policies to stop the flow of crime guns onto our streets, keep weapons of war and other guns out of dangerous hands, holding the gun industry accountable, ensuring that a public health approach is fortified with scientific-based research into gun violence prevention, and giving victims of gun violence their day in court both for criminal and civil justice. In a nation where 96 Americans die from gun violence every day, and more than 200 are injured by gunfire, now more than ever we need more politicians in office like Joseph Kopser, a true champion of common-sense gun policies that save lives."

Joseph Kopser added the following statement:

“I am very proud to have earned the trust and support of the Brady Campaign, and to add them to our growing coalition of support in TX-21. The Brady Campaign has been working for decades to fight for sensible gun safety and I could not be prouder to stand with them in their mission to cut gun deaths in half by 2025.”

This endorsement adds to a growing list of leading Democratic Party leaders and institution organizations supporting Joseph Kopser including Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Commissioner Garry Mauro, Jason Kander, Paul Begala, and Matt Angle. They join institutional supporters supporting Kopser for Congress, including Vote Vets PAC, 314 Action Fund, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Congressman Seth Moulton, and the Texas Lone Star Project.

Background:

You can read more about the Brady Campaign here.

Joseph Kopser is a 20-year Army veteran, technology entrepreneur, and father of three daughters running in the Democratic Primary for TX-21. His candidacy is driven by concern for the future of our country and the path Washington leadership and this Administration are taking. He is building a new coalition of voters that 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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ENDORSEMENT: San Antonio Express-News

Sarver, Kopser to replace Smith

Express-News Editorial Board

Congressional District 21 in Texas has known no representative other than Republican Rep. Lamar Smith since he won the seat in 1987 — a seat with district lines historically gerrymandered to heavily favor the GOP. Democrats are hoping that Smith’s retirement announcement last year and a blue wave driven by anti-Trump sentiments overcome that high hurdle in this election.

In fact, a lot of hopes are soaring in this election. Eighteen hopefuls are competing in the GOP primary, and four on the Democratic side.

We recommend Jenifer Sarver, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, in the GOP primary, and retired Army officer and businessman Joseph Kopser, a Bronze Star winner for meritorious service, in the Democratic primary.

In many respects, the primary and general elections here might be a bellwether for how contests unfold nationwide for both parties. The two who win their party nominations in these races — a runoff is likely on the GOP side because of the number of candidates — are likely to be showered with national money to keep the district red or flip it blue. Both Sarver and Kopser represent trends that both parties might do well to emulate going forward.

In Sarver, we see a genuine conservative with limited government, pro-life sentiments who — unlike most of her GOP colleagues in this election — has been forthright in her distaste for President Trump. Voters will get someone who adheres to traditional Republican stances but is not willing to turn a blind eye to Trump’s divisive actions.

She calls for a return to civility in Congress and in the nation, and is willing to call out the president when he crosses those lines. At least two other candidates on the GOP side have similar views, but we give the nod to Sarver because of her government experience working with Hutchison, as executive director of a program working with the University of Texas System in Washington, D.C., and her time in the U.S. Commerce Department.

In Kopser, who sold a startup to a major car manufacturer and works to help veterans, we see a candidate who shares many of the progressive views of his Democratic colleagues in this race, but who has business and military savvy that is likely to attract broader support.

The Republican Party is going through tumult, but the Democratic Party is going through similar convulsion, with a heavy push leftward. That might work in many other congressional districts. It’s difficult to see how it would in this district.

Kopser’s campaign suffered from a charge of plagiarism after the Huffington Post published a story pointing to large portions on his website that copied other sources unattributed. The campaign blamed this on sloppy staff work. That’s believable, and with Kopser’s record, we don’t see this as disqualifying.

In Sarver and Kopser we see traditional party virtues embodied but also see how either could be unifying, open-minded fits for this district.

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ENDORSEMENT: Senator Kirk Watson and Representative Donna Howard Endorse Joseph Kopser for Congress

The Kopser for Congress campaign released the following statement from Texas Senator Kirk Watson and Texas Representative Donna Howard:

Senator Kirk Watson said: “I couldn't be more excited by or proud of the energy we have seen in Texas 21. Since the last election, our party has produced a multitude of qualified candidates who have led substantive conversations with the voters of this district. While any of these candidates would be a great improvement, one candidate has proven himself to be the Progressive fighter we need to send to Congress. That person is Joseph Kopser.

Watson added: “I’ve worked with Joseph on issues ranging from innovation to veteran homelessness. I've seen his leadership qualities, his passion for fighting for what's right and his drive to find solutions to our toughest problems. I know that Joseph will be a Representative for all in TX-21, providing a new direction and support for the voters of this district. Joseph will make us proud in Congress, and I am proud to announce my support of him today.”

Representative Howard said: “Those of us in public service put ourselves forward as candidates because we believe in fighting for the issues that often impact the most vulnerable among us. Moving the needle on these issues requires a readiness to compromise and a willingness to engage those who might not agree with us. Throughout his service in the Army, his work in business, and his activism in the community, Joseph has proven his dedication to Progressive values and his ability to get stuff done time and again. He is exactly the kind of leader we need to send to Congress.

Howard added: “This race for TX-21 is going to be a fight. I know what it takes to win a tough election -- in 2010, I won my reelection campaign by four votes. We need to compete for every vote, and Joseph has shown he has the background, capacity, and message to reach voters across this district and build the coalition that we need to win. We cannot help the people we are fighting for if we do not win in November.”

Joseph Kopser added the following statement:

“I am very proud to have earned the trust and support of Senator Watson and Representative Howard, and to add them to our growing coalition of support in TX-21. Throughout their careers, Senator Watson and Representative Howard have worked to ensure that the values and priorities of the Texas Legislature reflected the needs of everyday, middle class Texas.

That's the foundation of what we’re building here in TX-21.”

This endorsement adds to a growing list of leading Democratic Party leaders supporting Joseph Kopser including Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Commissioner Garry Mauro, Paul Begala, and Matt Angle. They join institutional supporters supporting Kopser for Congress, including Vote Vets PAC, 314 Action Fund, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Congressman Seth Moulton, and the Texas Lone Star Project.

Background: Representative Donna Howard has served in the Texas House of Representatives since 2006. She is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, and sits on its Article III Subcommittee which oversees education spending in the state budget. Donna serves as Vice-Chair of the Calendars

Committee, is also a longtime member of both the House Higher Education and House Administration Committees.

You can read more about her bio here.

First elected to the Texas Senate in 2006, Kirk Watson represents Senate District 14, which now covers most of Travis County and all of Bastrop County.

Kirk has approached the Texas Legislature with many of the same goals and strategies he pursued throughout his career in public service – building new coalitions, working with all sides, and preparing for Texas’ future.

He served as chairman of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus beginning in 2011 and continued in that position through the 2015 legislative session.

After five legislative sessions, Kirk has been widely recognized for his idealism as well as his effectiveness. Texas Monthly magazine recognized him as one of Texas’ 10 Best Legislators in 2009. It also named him Legislative Rookie of the Year in 2007 and gave him an Honorable Mention in its coverage of best legislators in 2011 and 2013.

You can read more about his bio here.

Joseph Kopser is a 20-year Army veteran, technology entrepreneur, and father of three daughters running in the Democratic Primary for TX-21. His candidacy is driven by concern for the future of our country and the path Washington leadership and this Administration are taking. He is building a new coalition of voters that 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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