FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Kopser, Kling, Wolff Campaigns to Continue Veterans Outreach with Blockwalking, VFW Visit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: October 26, 2018

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

 

Kopser, Kling, Wolff Campaigns to Continue Veterans Outreach with Blockwalking, VFW Visit

(San Antonio, TX) -- This Sunday Joseph Kopser (TX-21), Steven Kling (SD-25), and Judge Nelson Wolff (Bexar County), will continue their joint veterans outreach with a coordinated canvass of veterans and military families and a VFW visit in San Antonio.

The veterans outreach program, as reported in the Houston Chronicle, was created to get military families more engaged in the political process through genuine engagement on the issues, not buzzwords and platitudes that so many campaigns have used. “We’re trying to change that dynamic,” Judge Wolff told the Chronicle.

Kopser, Kling, and Wolff will meet at 1:00pm for a veterans-focused blockwalk. At 4:00pm, Kling and Kopser will sit down at VFW Post #76 in San Antonio to meet with fellow veterans and hear their concerns. Details for both events are below:

Veterans and Military Families Canvass Launch

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 1:00pm

Kopser SATX HQ

8546 Broadway St., San Antonio, TX

Joseph Kopser, Steven Kling,

Judge Nelson Wolff, staff and volunteers

 

Vets For Kopser & Kling

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

VFW Post #76

10 10th St, San Antonio, TX 78215

Steven Kling, Joseph Kopser

Both events 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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Kopser Takes a Stand Against Voter Suppression in Hays County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: October 25, 2018

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

Kopser Takes a Stand Against Voter Suppression in Hays County

(San Marcos, TX) -- Today, Joseph Kopser stood with the students of Texas State University, citizens of San Marcos, and fellow Texas candidates against the flagrant voter suppression occurring in Hays County.

After Kopser and other candidates signed a letter requesting that TXST early voting locations stay open longer, a leader in the Hays County GOP sent the following:

“Please email [your Hays County Commissioner] TODAY, and urge him NOT to allow extended voting times or days for students at Texas State University. If we are to change the rules in the middle of the game it favors Democrats and we sure don’t want to do that in this--what is going to be--a close election as it is.”

Joseph Kopser, a first-time candidate who served 20 years in the Army and founded a successful tech company in Texas, released the following statement:

“Voter suppression--regardless of political party--is unacceptable. This week’s voter suppression efforts are particularly egregious because they are aimed at students, specifically students of one political party. Texas State students--like every Texan--must be allowed to exercise their right to vote. This very obvious partisan move against their voting rights is just another example of the hyper-partisanship that is impacting our politics."

“Here on the ground in TX-21, I’m working to serve everyone in this district, regardless of their political ideology, and put country over party. To fulfill our government’s obligation to Texas voters, I’ll fight to keep the polls open as long as necessary, and to increase staff and voting machines to reduce wait times for students. Regardless of who they choose to vote for.”

Kopser has signed on to a letter addressed to Administrator Jennifer Anderson and Commissioners Ingalsbe, Jones, Shell, and Whisenant.

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: POLITICO: Career Political Staffer Chip Roy Could “make Cruz look like a squishy moderate.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: October 23, 2018

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

POLITICO: Career Political Staffer Chip Roy Could “make Cruz look like a squishy moderate.”

(Washington, DC) -- Today, Politico Magazine published an interview with Chip Roy, highlighting Roy’s promise to be even more divisive and further right than Ted Cruz. Among other instances of putting party over country, Roy helped orchestrate a government shutdown as Cruz’s Chief of Staff.

The article highlighted Roy’s divisive attitude:

“He has pledged to support House Freedom Caucus founding chairman Jim Jordan for speaker, and is expected to quickly establish himself as one of the House GOP’s most outspoken and combative members.”

And Roy’s hypocrisy on the President:

“Once a fierce critic—described by friends as a committed “Never Trump” advocate in 2016, when he was working in support of Cruz’s presidential campaign—the congressional hopeful now talks fondly of the president, praising his assault on “the swamp” and sharing his concern about a “deep state” acting as a shadow government.”

Even top Republican are concerned about his potential return to Washington:

“‘This guy is going to be to the right of the Freedom Caucus.’”

Read the full story from Politico Magazine here.

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: Kopser, Kling, and Wolff Campaigns Announce First of Its Kind Coordinated Veterans GOTV Program for San Antonio Market

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: October 19, 2018

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

Kopser, Kling, and Wolff Campaigns Announce First of Its Kind Coordinated Veterans GOTV Program for San Antonio Market

(San Antonio, TX) -- Beginning Thursday, October 25, the Joseph Kopser (TX CD-21), Steven Kling (TX SD-25) and Nelson Wolff (Bexar County Judge) campaigns will execute an initiative to empower veterans and veteran families in San Antonio and Austin.

The new program will include a dedicated veteran-to-veteran phone bank, door knocking, and strategic outreach to veteran communities.

“This is a first of its kind effort to prioritize the voice of veteran families in Bexar County,”  said Judge Nelson Wolff. “It’s long overdue and I welcome the energy and insight that veterans Joseph Kopser and Steven Kling bring to Bexar County and this historic election.”

Joseph Kopser, candidate for TX-21 who is himself a 20-year Army veteran, has led the charge to open pathways for veterans to become business owners and entrepreneurs..

"But there is much work to be done," said Kopser. "The full potential of our veterans in our community is still unmet. From a return to service in volunteerism, opening a small business, entrepreneurship… the full contribution of our veterans has yet to be realized.

“The struggles some veterans and their families face are real and too often overlooked. Congress shares the blame with a Veterans Administration that has strayed from its charter to serve and honor the men and women who are America’s Veterans and their families.”

Steve Kling, candidate for TX SD-25 who served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, made it clear this election is unique. “Judge Wolff, Joseph Kopser, and I aren’t leaving anything on the table.  We’re committed to support a new coalition of Texans committed to making a difference. Together we will bring servant leadership to Bexar County, Austin, and Washington.”

What can Veterans do to continue to serve our country while working double time to serve their families?

"In TX-21, Veterans can do a lot," said Kopser Field Director Mattea Pechter. "The 69,000 Veterans who live here - 9% of the vote - can make a huge difference in November. We have the opportunity to establish new expectations of our elected officials and hold them accountable. Veterans can get the representation that they've earned and the action that our country needs."

To learn more about this unique effort, contact Madison at madison@kopserforccongress.com. To get involved, contact Mattea at mattea@kopserforcongress.com.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ENDORSEMENT, RATINGS CHANGE: Following Strong Debate Performance, Local and National Shift in Kopser’s Favor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: October 19, 2018

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

ENDORSEMENT, RATINGS CHANGE: Following Strong Debate Performance,

Local and National Shift in Kopser’s Favor

TX-21 upgraded to “Leans Republican”

Express-News endorses “decorated military veteran” Joseph Kopser

(Austin, TX)-- On the heels of a strong debate performance, in which Kopser proved his prowess on the issues that matter to TX-21, his campaign received a prominent endorsement and shifted in national race ratings.

FiveThirtyEight, a respected poll aggregator, has upgraded their rating in the heavily gerrymandered Texas 21st Congressional District from “Likely Republican” to “Leans Republican,” giving combat veteran and businessman Joseph Kopser a higher chance of victory than ever before. Kopser released the following statement:

“We've raised more than anyone in the history of this district. We've identified more supporters than any congressional campaign in Texas. Now, our race ratings have been upgraded once again. We can win this--and more than ever, the evidence says that we will.”

In addition to his successful debate and ratings boost, Kopser received the endorsement of the San Antonio Express-News editorial board. The board, which has endorsed both Democrats and Republicans in competitive congressional races this year, cites Kopser’s strong platform and record on the future economy:

“On so many points, we — as does Kopser — have fundamental disagreements with Roy.... On whether climate change is real, Roy says, “I’m not a scientist.” He says we should eliminate pollutants but not at the expense of people’s lives.

“The United States, a global leader in producing the emissions that accelerate climate change, should be actively working with other countries to battle this. Kopser is there on climate change. We are not at all confident that Roy is. Simply, this is the existential issue of our time.”

“This proves what our internal polling has showed all along,” Kopser added. “When voters hear my story, learn where I stand on the issues, and recognize that our platform reflects more than just one political party but instead the needs of Texas moving forward, we win.”

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.


PRESS ADVISORY: Final TX-21 Debate to Air on KLRN and KSAT

PRESS ADVISORY

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: October 18, 2018

Contact: Madison Kaigh, (726) 999-0176

Final TX-21 Debate to Air on KLRN and KSAT

The League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area will host the final debate between Joseph Kopser and his opponents in TX-21

(San Antonio, TX) -- Tonight, Joseph Kopser will meet his opponents onstage for the final scheduled debate in the TX-21 race. Kopser, an Army veteran, educator, businessman, and father of three daughters, has used the previous two debates to lay out his vision for a new generation of independent leadership.

By contrast, Kopser’s Republican opponent has attempted to prioritize fear over facts in both debates, reinforcing his gloom and doom narrative that disingenuously pits immigrants against the business community and misrepresents Kopser’s positions on border security. Ahead of tonight’s debate, Kopser released the following statement:

“Although I have asked my opponents to join me for substantive town halls on the issues in each of the ten counties of this district, I am grateful for the opportunity to debate them tonight. TX-21 deserves the chance to hear from their candidates and elected officials and get to know where they really stand on issues like jobs, education, health care, and immigration.

“I look forward to sharing my perspective on these issues, a perspective I developed as a Ronald Reagan Republican in my formative years, a fiercely Independent Army officer in my 20 years of service, and now as a businessman and  father of three daughters motivated by concern about the future we’re building for our our kids. My team which has outraised every opponent and identified more supporters than any other Democratic congressional campaign in Texas, will remain committed to actual facts and voter priorities --not the fear  and division my opponents are determined to sow.”

Hilary Barrett, Kopser’s Campaign Manager, added:

“In the past two debates, and in many of his communications with the voters of this district, Chip Roy has deliberately misled the public about who he really is. Tonight’s debate will give San Antonio voters, and every voter in this district, a chance to meet the real Joseph Kopser--and the real Chip Roy.

“Chip Roy and Lee Santos are fringe candidates, at best, and are far removed from the Texas values that Joseph has brought to this campaign for the last 20 months”

Although additional filming will not be permitted at tonight’s debate, press is welcome to attend. Please contact Madison at madison@kopserforcongress.com to learn more and KLRN to confirm attendance.

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 Continues Trend Toward Historic Upset in TX-21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: October 17, 2018

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

Joseph Kopser Continues Trend Toward Historic Upset in TX-21

With over $944,000 raised, Kopser more than doubles previous quarter’s raise, outraises all opponents for fifth quarter in a row.

(San Antonio, TX) -- This week, Joseph Kopser’s campaign in the Texas 21st Congressional District announced Kopser’s historic raise of $944,332 in the third financial quarter. Kopser’s background as an Army veteran, educator, and entrepreneur has created unique inroads in the open seat district, and the latest financial quarter results cement his status as one of the strongest challengers in Texas.

Kopser’s record-breaking raise will allow the campaign to deliver a win in November, executing a strategic operation through volunteer coordination, advertising buys on TV and digital, mail, and, most importantly, a continued presence throughout this geographically large, gerrymandered district.

“Joseph has raised more money than any candidate, of any party, in the history of this district,” Hilary Barrett, Kopser’s Campaign Manager, said. “While our momentum continues to grow, our opponent’s campaign has stagnated, focusing on the big DC money he learned to raise as a Super PAC Director instead of the people of TX-21. While Roy’s dark, misleading ad runs on a meager budget, national Republicans have fled the San Antonio media market, leaving him alone to defend his record as a career insider.

“It’s long been clear that Joseph Kopser is the candidate TX-21 wants. Now it’s clearer than ever that he can win.”

Although Kopser leads his opponents in fundraising, having raised almost $1,000,000 more than Roy through the cycle, Barrett noted Roy’s high numbers in one key area.

“It’s no surprise that Chip Roy, who once ran a network of dark money SuperPACs for Ted Cruz, has raised over $91,000 more than Joseph in PAC money. While he focuses on the big donors that he got to know as a career insider, we’re prioritizing the people of TX-21.”

Kopser’s numbers broke all fundraising records--Democrat or Republican--in TX-21.

  • As of now, Kopser has raised more in this cycle than any candidate in the history of the district (including 30-year incumbent Lamar Smith)

  • This is the fifth quarter in a row that Kopser has beaten his original goal and his Republican opponent.

  • Kopser has nearly doubled his Q2 raise in Q3.

  • Kopser’s raise in Q3 alone is roughly equal to Roy’s raise for the entire cycle through Q2.

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 Offers Winning Choice for TX-21 in KVUE, Austin and San Marcos Chambers of Commerce Debate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: October 16, 2018

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

Joseph Kopser Offers Winning Choice for TX-21 in KVUE, Austin and San Marcos Chambers of Commerce Debate

(Austin, TX) -- Today, the Austin and San Marcos Chambers hosted a TX-21 debate, moderated by KVUE News. This is only the second time in the general election that Kopser’s opponent has agreed  to meet onstage to present his platform to the public for an open, accessible conversation on the issues. By contrast, Kopser has held town halls and other public events throughout the ten counties of the district.

Kopser’s decisive debate performance demonstrated his experience with and strong knowledge of the issues that affect the business community, citizens, and the 21st Congressional district overall.

Kopser released the following statement:

“I’ve talked to Democrats, Republicans, and Independents across this district and around the country. There is no disagreement that these are historic times for our country. And there is no disagreement that Congress needs to get to work to meet the needs of these historic times.

Historically, Congress is where change happens. Immigration, equal rights, and campaign reform must all be addressed in DC. My opponent has spent his entire professional career derailing the leadership that Congress was intended to provide. So it’s no surprise that he confirmed again today that he wants to diminish that critical balance in American democracy, lowering expectation of our elected representatives  and ceding authority to special interests.

I’m looking forward to the work of meeting the challenges we face and that it is Congress’ responsibility to fix. Chip Roy wants to keep the status quo and the swamp full.”

Hilary Barrett, Kopser’s Campaign Manager, added:

“We already knew that Joseph’s background makes him a perfect fit for this district, which includes thriving business communities along the I-35 corridor and through the Hill Country, and contains 69,000 veterans and their families. Today he proved once again that he has the chops to win.

“While Chip Roy danced around actual answers and misrepresented Joseph’s position on the issues, Joseph offered the fresh, honest perspective of the next generation of independent leaders. He took Roy to task on his secret sweetheart deal with indicted Ken Paxton, his fear mongering on immigration, and his refusal to be open with the people of this district.

“Joseph has the biography and the real Texas values that will win in this district--and the knowledge and bipartisan support to back it up.”

Kopser and his opponent are scheduled for only one more debate, this time at the League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area’s forum this Thursday, 10/18. Kopser’s libertarian opponent will also be present. Learn more about that event here.

Footage from today’s TX-21 debate is available here.

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 to Host Roundtable on Veteran' and Veteran Family Issues in TX-21 on 10/17

PRESS ADVISORY

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: October 16th, 2018

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

Joseph Kopser to Host Roundtable on Veteran and Veteran Family Issues in TX-21 on 10/17

(San Antonio, TX) -- This Wednesday, decorated combat veteran Joseph Kopser will sit down with fellow veterans TX-21 for a roundtable discussion on how veterans and their families are uniquely impacted by healthcare, education, workforce development, mental health, and more. Kopser, a 20-year Army veteran, West Point graduate and Bronze Star recipient, will sit down to collaborate with peers and field experts on how Washington can better serve those who have dedicated themselves to serving their country.

Kopser retired from the Army in 2013 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Since then, he’s worked to support veterans in transition by introducing Bunker Labs in Austin and San Antonio and founding the Pippin Award and Endowment at the University of Texas. Both initiatives support veterans interested in entrepreneurship and starting their own companies.

If elected, Kopser has pledged to be an accountable, accessible representative for TX-21, which includes Military City USA and has a veteran population of 69,000.

Details for Wednesday’s event are below:

Veterans’ Transition Roundtable with Joseph Kopser

October 17th, 2018

9:00am - 10:30am

PTSD Foundation of America

14747 Jones Maltsberger Rd,

San Antonio, TX 78232

This event will be open to the press. Please contact Madison at madison@kopserforcongress.com for more information 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.


PRESS ADVISORY: Joseph Kopser Continues Listening Tour, Travels Throughout TX-21 Hill Country on Campaign Hayride

PRESS ADVISORY

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: October 11, 2018

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

Joseph Kopser Continues Listening Tour, Travels Throughout TX-21 Hill Country on Campaign Hayride

(Johnson City, TX) -- On Saturday, Joseph Kopser will travel throughout the TX-21 Hill Country, stopping for rallies across the region to meet local voters, learn what’s important to them, and get out the vote. Kopser, a 20-year Army Veteran, tech entrepreneur, and candidate for Congress, will be joined by residents of Johnson City, Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Bandera, and Boerne to share his mission of putting country over party, providing new leadership, and delivering TX-21 values to Washington.

The Hayride is in the spirit of Kopser’s 20-month commitment to visiting every county of TX-21 for real connection and substantive conversations, which he has carried out through district tours, town halls, meet & greets, and roundtables. He was an early signer of the Town Hall Project’s pledge, committing himself to holding a minimum of four town halls per year if elected. The Kopser for Congress campaign hopes to see many new and familiar faces throughout the Hill Country next weekend as Kopser works to establish new expectations for representation in the region.

“We’re putting Texas values into action in a tangible way--by showing up. Thanks to that effort to reach every voter, of every political persuasion, this campaign’s momentum is growing every day,” Kopser said. “Texas voters are ready and excited to elect a new generation of leaders who are present, accessible, open, honest, and willing to work for the people. I am returning to public service to be that champion for the people of TX-21. And the first thing we can do to build better politics is sit down for real, substantive conversations on the issues. That’s why we’re working with voters across the Hill Country, whose priorities have been overlooked by Washington for far too long.”

The rallies, and the opportunity to travel with the campaign for the hayride, will be open to all--including Democrats, Independents, and Republicans. Details for each of Saturday’s events are below.

Hill Country Hayride and Rallies with Joseph Kopser

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Facebook event | Campaign website

Rally Locations:

Johnson City

10:30am -11:30am

Johnson City Memorial Park

Fredericksburg

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lady Bird Johnson Memorial Park

Kerrville

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Louise Hays Park

Bandera

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Bandera Electric Company

Boerne

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Random Beer Garden

Each of the rallies 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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: In First Campaign Ad, Chip Roy Tries To Divide Texans While Using Stock Photos of Soldiers. Joseph Kopser Has a Better Idea.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: October 9, 2018

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

In First Campaign Ad, Chip Roy Tries To Divide Texans While Using Stock Photos of Soldiers. Joseph Kopser Has a Better Idea.

(San Antonio, TX) -- This week, Chip Roy released his first ads of the general election. Roy’s ads included stock images of soldiers while misinforming Texans of the reality at the US Texas Border.

A screenshot from Roy’s ad

A Google image search for “three soldiers sunset”

In the spirit of bipartisanship, Joseph Kopser is offering Roy the following photos from Kopser’s 20 year career in the Army to use for free, so that Roy will not have to spend any more money on stock photos.

“As I’ve said many times, I’m committed to working across the aisle to solve problems,” Kopser said. “Even if it means saving my opponent money.”

Kopser graduates from the Army Ranger School, a rigorous leadership training course that tests the limits of soldiers’ endurance.In Iraq, Kopser wrote home to organize a clothing drive to keep Iraqi children warm. Here, he poses with one of the children who received shoes from the drive.

Kopser poses for a picture with fellow Soldiers from the First Cavalry Division.Kopser is promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, working in the Pentagon.

Kopser relaxes with fellow soldiers during one of his two deployments to Iraq. 2-7 CAV, 1st Cavalry Division.

“I welcome the use of these, and other photos available at KopserForCongress.com,” added Kopser. If these don’t work for Chip, “I’m happy to introduce him to some of the 69,000 veterans and their families who live  in TX 21, including at my VFW Post 3377, or from Bunker Labs in San Antonio and Austin, where I mentor fellow veteran entrepreneurs.”

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: Roundtable on Education and Workforce Development Hosted by Joseph Kopser

PRESS ADVISORY

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: October 9, 2018

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

 

Roundtable on Education and Workforce Development Hosted by Joseph Kopser

 

(San Marcos, TX) -- This Wednesday, Joseph Kopser will convene Hays County community leaders for a roundtable conversation on education and workforce development. Kopser, an Army veteran and businessman who spent five years teaching at the university level, will sit down with education specialists, job corps representatives, business leaders, students, and former elected officials to discuss the rapid economic growth along the I-35 corridor and its effects on workforce development.

Kopser has made jobs and education a central piece of his campaign, and has often said that one of his first legislative priorities if elected will be a 21st Century Jobs Act. Although he has experience in many aspects of this issue--having taught at the college level, created jobs with his business, raised three daughters through the pubic school system, and funded girls’ STEM programming--this roundtable will be an opportunity to gain valuable insight from subject matter experts currently engaged in the field.

Details are below:

Education and Workforce Development Roundtable

October 11, 2018

9:00am - 10:30am

The Price Center

222 W San Antonio St,

San Marcos, TX 78666

This event will be open to the press. Please contact Madison at madison@kopserforcongress.com for more information 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.


PRESS ADVISORY: Joseph Kopser Continues First in a Generation Town Hall Tour in Real County

PRESS ADVISORY

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: October 5, 2018

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

 

Joseph Kopser Continues First in a Generation Town Hall Tour in Real County

 

(Leakey, TX) -- This Sunday, Joseph Kopser will meet voters in Real County for a TX-21 town hall. Kopser, a 20-year Army Veteran, tech entrepreneur, and candidate for Congress in TX-21, will sit down with Hill Country residents to answer their questions and learn more about their concerns.

 

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, Blanco, Bandera, and Comal Counties. Kopser will spend the early afternoon at a town hall in Austin before traveling to Leakey. Ahead of Sunday’s event, Kopser released the following statement.

 

“Voters across this district are sick and tired of politics as usual. They’re hungry for real representation, and searching for the candidates and elected officials who will be accessible and accountable to their constituents. That’s what our campaign is offering, and why our TX-21 town hall tour is taking us back to counties like Real that have too often been overlooked by Washington.

 

“Bringing calm to the chaos of DC means really getting to know the voters of your district and listening to their concerns. That’s why I’m holding town halls in each of the ten counties, and why I’ve invited my opponents to do the same.”

 

Kopser’s campaign has repeatedly asked Roy for open, accessible debates in all ten counties of TX-21, through public statements and social media. Roy is once again invited to join Kopser at this or any other town hall the campaign hosts. Details for Sunday’s event are below.

 

Real County Town Hall with Joseph Kopser

Sunday, October 7, 2018

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Real County Nutrition Hall at the Sansom Center

420 West Ranch Road 337, Leakey TX

Facebook event

 

The town hall will be open to press and is providing another opportunity for Real County voters to meet with Kopser after the previous Leakey town hall was postponed due to severe flooding. 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: For Seventh of Ten Events, Joseph Kopser Hosts Town Hall in Travis Count

PRESS ADVISORY

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: October 5, 2018

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

 

For Seventh of Ten Events, Joseph Kopser Hosts Town Hall in Travis County

 

(Austin, TX) -- On Sunday, Joseph Kopser will sit down with voters in Travis County for a TX-21 town hall. Kopser, a 20-year Army Veteran, tech entrepreneur, and candidate for Congress, will join voters in Austin to learn more about the issues that matter to them.

 

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, Blanco, Bandera, and Comal Counties. After the Austin event, Kopser will head to Leakey for a second event with voters there.

 

“Voters across this district agree--it’s time for a new generation of leadership to put a stop to the divisiveness we’ve seen all too often from DC.” Kopser said. “I’m proud to be returning to public service to fight for that goal on behalf of TX-21. And the first thing we can do to heal our politics and bring some calm to the chaos is sit down for real, substantive conversations on the issues. That’s why our campaign is hosting town halls in all ten counties of this district, and why we’re seeing our momentum continue to grow.”

 

Kopser’s campaign has repeatedly asked Roy for open, accessible debates in all ten counties of TX-21, through public statements and social media. Roy is once again invited to join Kopser at this or any other town hall the campaign hosts. Details for Sunday’s event are below.

 

Travis County Town Hall with Joseph Kopser

Sunday, October 7, 2018

12:00pm - 2:00pm

IBEW 520, Floor 3

4818 E. Ben White Blvd, Austin TX

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Kopser Smashes Previous Fundraising Record, Reaching Goals For First In A Generation Upset In TX-21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: October 1, 2018

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

 

Kopser Smashes Previous Fundraising Record, Reaching Goals For First In A Generation Upset In TX-21

(Austin, TX) -- Today, Joseph Kopser’s campaign in the Texas 21st Congressional District announced a historic raise of over $930,000 in the third financial quarter. Kopser, a decorated combat veteran and successful businessman, has been a prolific fundraiser, consistently outraising his opponents and meeting or exceeding campaign goals quarter over quarter.

“We’re hitting every goal in finance, field, and voter outreach and that investment is paying off,” Kopser said. “We remain on track to win in November and return Texas values to Washington. Our message is resonating and our opponent isn’t doing himself any favors by mischaracterizing both my record and Texan expectations that folks in DC work together to solve problems--the same way we do at home.”

Kopser’s numbers broke all fundraising records--Democrat or Republican--in TX-21

  • As of now, Kopser has raised more in this cycle than any candidate in the history of the district (including 30-year incumbent Lamar Smith)

  • Kopser beat his initial fundraising goal by over $100,000.

  • This is the fifth quarter in a row that Kopser has beaten his original goal.

  • Kopser has nearly doubled his Q2 raise in Q3.

  • Kopser’s raise in Q3 alone is roughly equal to Roy’s raise for the entire cycle through Q2.

Kopser’s record-breaking raise will allow the campaign to deliver a win in November, executing a strategic operation through volunteer coordination, advertising buys on TV and digital, mail, and, most importantly, a continued presence throughout this geographically large, gerrymandered district.

Hilary Barrett, Kopser’s Campaign Manager, released the following statement:

“None of this is by accident. The Kopser team has consistently built momentum toward the election over the last 18 months, bringing together a winning coalition of Independents, Democrats, Republicans, and first-time voters who are sick of the politics of division in Washington and TX-21. While we’re planning on leveraging the nationwide excitement about this election, our win will be delivered by Texans of every political stripe. They’re ready for the kind of crossover candidate whose story reflects their family’s, whose concerns echo their own, and who’s proven he can deliver a new kind of independent leadership.”

Kopser’s team will file a full release with updated numbers on October 15th.

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 to Host Clean Energy Roundtable in Kerr County on October 3rd

PRESS ADVISORY

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: October 1, 2018

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

Joseph Kopser to Host Clean Energy Roundtable in Kerr County on October 3rd

(Kerrville, TX)-- This Wednesday, Joseph Kopser will convene citizens and local experts for a roundtable on the future of clean energy in Kerr County and beyond. Kopser, an Army veteran, businessman, aerospace engineer, and candidate for TX-21, will sit down with local energy experts, elected officials, and community leaders to discuss the changing role of climate and energy in Texas.

Details are below:

Clean Energy Roundtable with Joseph Kopser

October 3rd, 2018

9:00am - 10:30am

Y.O. Ranch Hotel

2033 Sidney Baker St, Kerrville, TX 78028

This event will be open to the press. Please contact Madison at madison@kopserforcongress.com for more information 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.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: League of Conservation Voters Action Fund Endorses Joseph Kopser in TX-21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: September 27, 2018

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

League of Conservation Voters Action Fund Endorses Joseph Kopser in TX-21

(Austin, TX) -- Today, the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund announced their endorsement of Joseph Kopser for Congress in Texas’ 21st Congressional District. LCV Action Fund released the following statement:

“Joseph Kopser served our country with honor and we know he will do the same in Congress,” said LCV Action Fund Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld. “We are proud to endorse his campaign because he is committed to investing in our clean energy economy and ensuring that every family in Texas has clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. He’s a scientist, an entrepreneur and a proven champion for moving our country to a greener future and creating new jobs that will support our families and communities.”

Kopser, an Army veteran and technology entrepreneur, released the following statement in response to the endorsement:

“I’ve been a “clean energy warrior” since I served in Iraq and saw firsthand the human consequences of our dependence on foreign oil. Whether it was in the Army or in my business, I’ve spent my career working towards the clean energy solutions that are good for people, good for profits, and most importantly, good for our planet. Now I’m running for Congress in a district with incredible potential for jobs in wind and solar. I’m fighting to make Central Texas a leader in the renewable energy economy, and partners like the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund will help get us there.”

The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund joins the Sierra Club, Environment Texas, and Clean Water Action in endorsing Kopser, who studied Aerospace Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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: End Citizens United Endorses Joseph Kopser for Congress in TX-21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: September 26, 2018

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

 

End Citizens United Endorses Joseph Kopser for Congress in TX-21

 

(San Antonio, TX) -- Today, End Citizens United announced their support for Joseph Kopser, a combat veteran, entrepreneur, and candidate for Congress in Texas’ 21st Congressional District.

ECU is dedicated to ending the corrosive influence of money in politics and fighting for campaign finance reform.

“Joseph is dedicated to stemming the flow of special interest money into elections that’s undermining our democracy,” said ECU President Tiffany Muller. “He believes that government must work for real people first and foremost, not mega donors and special interests, and that it should never have a price tag. We’re proud to endorse Joseph and look forward to his victory in November.”

Joseph Kopser added:

“This campaign is about ending the divisiveness that’s infected our politics and bringing calm to the chaos of DC. Eliminating the power of special interests and getting big money out of the system is a key step in that process. That’s why I’m proud to be endorsed by End Citizens United, and grateful for their work to end the cronyism and hyper-partisanship in Washington."

“Our grassroots movement is powered by nearly 7,500 donors, over 80% of whom have given in small amounts. We’re focusing on this district, visiting all ten counties of TX-21 to establish new expectations of transparency and accessibility.”

Read more about ECU’s endorsement of Kopser here.

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: Texas Tribune ‘Split Decision’ Segment Shows Clear Contrast in TX-21 Contest

PRESS ADVISORY

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: September 26, 2018

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

Texas Tribune ‘Split Decision’ Segment Shows Clear Contrast in TX-21 Contest

Army Veteran and Political Outsider Joseph Kopser Outshines Washington Insider and Career Politician Chip Roy

(Austin, TX) -- Today, the Texas Tribune released their TX-21 “Split Decision” video, showcasing key contrasts between Joseph Kopser and his opponent, Washington insider Chip Roy. The video highlighted Kopser’s background as a veteran and entrepreneur, and outlined his priorities for jobs, health care, bipartisanship and other issues important to all Texans. Hilary Barrett, Kopser’s campaign manager, released the following statement:

“This November, TX-21 voters have a clear choice. They can vote for a career political insider who parrots hyper-partisan talking points and can’t escape the scandals that follow him from the Attorney General’s office. Or, they can choose an Army Veteran and political outsider who served our country in the military, built a successful a business in our district, and raised three daughters with his wife of 23 years.”

A key contrast between Kopser and Roy focused on Roy’s shady dealings related to his job at the Texas Attorney General’s office. Roy continued to collect taxpayer funded healthcare benefits and salary after resigning from the AG’s office.

The section of the video transcript reads as follows:

Joseph Kopser: My opponent understands the need for healthcare. He kept his healthcare when he left the office of the Attorney General.

Chip Roy: I followed the rules that were given to me and at the end of the day, I was only paid for services that I provided.

Joseph Kopser: He did it to keep his healthcare and then he turned around and worked to break down healthcare in this state, and to take away pre-existing conditions.

“Now we know why Chip Roy has been avoiding debates in all ten counties and hiding behind fundraising emails rather than joining Joseph onstage for town halls.” Barrett continued. “Texans are sick and tired of extreme ideology, recycled rhetoric, and the politics of division. When voters get to know our positive message and hear Joseph Kopser’s story, we beat the odds in this gerrymandered district and win.”

Watch Kopser’s Split Decision segment here.

Background:

Joseph Kopser is a 20-year Army veteran, technology entrepreneur, husband and father of three daughters, and candidate 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 Continues First in a Generation Town Hall Tour in Real County

PRESS ADVISORY

TO: Interested Parties      

DATE: September 14, 2018

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

Joseph Kopser Continues First in a Generation Town Hall Tour in Real County

(Leakey, TX) -- This Sunday, Joseph Kopser will meet voters in Real County for a TX-21 town hall. Kopser, a 20-year Army Veteran, tech entrepreneur, and candidate for Congress in TX-21, will sit down with Hill Country residents to answer their questions and learn more about their concerns.

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, Blanco, Bandera, and Comal Counties. Ahead of Sunday’s event, Kopser released the following statement.

“Voters across this district are sick and tired of politics as usual. They’re hungry for real representation, and searching for the candidates and elected officials who will be accessible and accountable to their constituents. That’s what our campaign is offering, and why our TX-21 town hall tour is taking us back to counties like Real that have too often been overlooked by Washington.

“Bringing calm to the chaos of DC means really getting to know the voters of your district and listening to their concerns. That’s why I’m holding town halls in each of the ten counties, and why I’ve invited my opponents to do the same.”

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 Saturday’s event are below.

Real County Town Hall with Joseph Kopser

September 16, 2018

2:30pm - 4:00pm

74 W Ranch Road 337, Leakey, TX 78873

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Kopser for Congress Releases First Broadcast Ads of General Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: September 13, 2018

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

Kopser for Congress Releases First Broadcast Ads of General Election

(San Antonio, TX) -- Today, Joseph Kopser’s campaign is releasing their first television ads of the general election. Kopser, a 20-year Army veteran, businessman, and candidate for Congress in TX-21, has spent over 18 months traveling throughout the district participating in town halls, meet & greets, and community events to share his history of independent leadership. He will continue to share that message with the new ad, called “The Aisle”

“I’ve crossed oceans and deserts in service to this country. I can absolutely cross a political aisle if that’s what it takes to get things done for Texans, and I’m not afraid to stand up to the leaders of both parties to do it.

“That’s the message we want the people of TX-21 to hear. From standing up to leadership in the Army, to securing back pay and hazardous duty pay for my fellow soldiers overseas, to fixing the transportation issues I saw at home by founding my own business, I’ve spent my life solving problems. And that’s why I’m running for Congress--to solve the problems I see in Washington and get the job done for Texans.”

The spot is available online here.

Background:

“The Aisle” is part of a six-figure communications buy targeting voters in the Austin and San Antonio media markets.

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.

Transcript:

NARRATOR: A West Point graduate, Joseph Kopser served 20 years in the military, two combat tours in Iraq. Returning home, Kopser founded a successful technology company, creating Texas jobs, and helped build a non-profit for other veterans to start their own businesses. Joseph Kopser.

JOSEPH KOPSER: I've crossed oceans and deserts to defend our country. Believe me, I can cross an aisle if that's what it takes to solve our problems in Washington, and I'm not afraid to stand up to leaders in both parties to do it. I'm Joseph Kopser, and I approve this message.

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PRESS ADVISORY: For Sixth of Ten TX-21 Town Halls, Joseph Kopser to Visit Comal County

PRESS ADVISORY

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: September 7, 2018

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

For Sixth of Ten TX-21 Town Halls, Joseph Kopser to Visit Comal County

(Canyon Lake, TX) -- This Saturday, Joseph Kopser will continue his first-in-a-generation town hall tour across TX-21 with an event in Comal County. Kopser, a 20-year Army Veteran, tech entrepreneur, and candidate for Congress in TX-21, will sit down with voters to answer their questions and learn more about their concerns.

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, Blanco, and Bandera Counties. Ahead of Saturday’s event, Kopser released the following statement.

“At all of our town halls to date--in Bandera, Blanco, Gillespie, Kendall, and Kerr Counties--we’ve heard that regardless of political party, the people of this district are tired of the politics of division. Democrats, Republicans, and Independents want to elect a new generation of independent leaders who will bring calm to the chaos we see in Washington. As we pass the halfway point of these ten events, we are grateful to all of the concerned citizens who have spent their evenings and weekends with us.

“There’s something else we hear across this district--folks want to get to know every candidate in this race but have not had the opportunity to meet my opponents or hear us debate the issues. That’s why I’ve accepted every debate invitation I’ve received and unsuccessfully encouraged my opponents to do the same. I’ve also offered to open up our town halls to them and their supporters for a proper discussion of the issues. These events are meant to educate the candidates and the community. I can’t imagine a better use for them.”

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 Saturday’s event are below.

Comal County Town Hall with Joseph Kopser

September 8, 2018, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Tye Preston Memorial Library

16311 S Access Rd, Canyon Lake, TX 78133, USA

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Joseph Kopser Releases Statement on Chip Roy's Failed Health Care Record

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: September 5, 2018

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

 

Joseph Kopser Releases Statement on Chip Roy's Failed Health Care Record

 

(Austin, TX) -- Today, oral arguments will begin in the Republican lawsuit to roll back protections for pre-existing conditions. Joseph Kopser--Army veteran, businessman, and candidate for Congress in TX-21--released the following statement.

“Here in Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton and his former employee Chip Roy have made it clear that they aren’t willing to defend Texans with pre-existing conditions. In the Attorney General’s office, Roy worked to gut protections for these Texans. Then, after leaving that office, he turned around and took a secret sweetheart deal that let him stay on his state employee health plan on the taxpayers’ dime--despite his own pre-existing condition.

"I am happy that Chip had access to health care, but I want all Texans to have that access to health care without resorting to secret deals with Ken Paxton.

“There are 328,700 people in TX-21 living with pre-existing conditions. I’m calling on Chip Roy to stand up for these Texans and affirm what we all believe; that they deserve access to the very same care he received.”

Tonight, Joseph will participate in a rally to show support for the 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions. He will join fellow candidates from 6:00 - 7:30pm at the Texas AFL-CIO at 1106 Lavaca St. in Austin.

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 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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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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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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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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PRESS ADVISORY: Visiting Gillespie County, Joseph Kopser Continues First in a Generation District-Wide Town Hall Tour in TX-21

PRESS ADVISORY

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: July 27, 2018

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

Visiting Gillespie County, Joseph Kopser Continues First in a Generation District-Wide Town Hall Tour in TX-21

(Fredericksburg, TX) -- Joseph Kopser, candidate for TX-21, will visit Fredericksburg tomorrow for a town hall with Gillespie County voters.

While Chip Roy follows Congressman Lamar Smith’s lead in avoiding the voters of TX-21, Joseph Kopser is proud to be running a campaign based on accessibility and accountability. Kopser is holding town halls in every county in the district before the November election. If elected, Joseph pledges to spend a significant amount of time meeting with his constituents in TX-21.

“The reason people lose faith in the political process is a lack of transparency; people want to know what their Representatives are doing.” Joseph Kopser said. “I’ve said from day one that I want to be as open and transparent as possible, which is why I’m inviting Chip Roy to join me at any of our eight remaining town halls--we’d be happy to turn them into free and open, non-partisan public debates. I’ll also work with him to schedule debates in Kerr and Kendall counties, where we’ve already had town halls. The citizens of TX-21 deserve to hear from their candidates in all ten counties, and I’m going to do everything I can to make that happen.” Kopser also invited Roy to debate him via Twitter.

Tomorrow’s town hall will be the third of ten during the general election. Kopser held a town hall with Kendall County voters in June, and a similar event with Kerrville voters in July. Details of tomorrow’s event are below:

Gillespie County Town Hall with Joseph Kopser

July 28, 2018, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Gillespie County Historical Society

312 W San Antonio St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA

Facebook event | Campaign website

The TX-21 town hall will be followed by a meet & greet with Joseph Kopser in Fredericksburg from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Details are available here.

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 Outraises Chip Roy in Latest Filing by Nearly Double, Reports Significant Cash on Hand Advantage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TO: Interested Parties

DATE: July 17, 2018

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

Joseph Kopser Outraises Chip Roy in Latest Filing by Nearly Double, Reports Significant Cash on Hand Advantage

(Austin, TX) -- Yesterday, the Kopser for Congress Campaign announced Joseph Kopser’s July Quarterly fundraising numbers.

In the period from May 3rd to June 30th, Kopser raised $395,377.75, bringing his 2nd Quarter total to $469,273.31. Kopser also reported $364,365.57 in cash on hand. Joseph Kopser released the following statement:

“In a district that has not seen a serious challenger in a generation, we’ve raised nearly twice as much as our opponent in May and June. He may have every traditional advantage in this gerrymandered district, and millions of dollars in dark money sure to pour in, but our numbers show that Texans are putting country over party and fighting back against Washington insiders and special interests.”

Hilary Barrett, Kopser’s Campaign Manager, added:

“TX-21 has not had an accountable, accessible representative in Congress for over 30 years. Our significant advantage in cash on hand--nearly double Chip Roy’s--gives us the power to change that. Our strong grassroots fundraising will allow us to continue holding town halls, roundtables, meet and greets, and canvasses in all ten counties and with all citizens in the 21st district. Together we will send a combat veteran, job creator, and committed, independent leader to Congress in November.”

Kopser’s July Quarterly filing is available here.

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: 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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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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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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Joseph Kopser's Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from the Iran Deal

JOSEPH KOPSER'S STATEMENT ON U.S. WITHDRAWAL FROM THE IRAN DEAL

 

(Austin, TX) -- In response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal, Joseph Kopser released the following statement.

 

“The President's unilateral violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) to remove Iran as a nuclear threat is inexcusable and further undermines America’s leadership toward a safer world. Like his decision to violate the Paris climate agreement last year, President Trump’s interest in provocation and political grandstanding over responsible policy erodes the trust and influence America has earned since the end of the Cold War.

 

“President Trump’s violation of the JCPoA gives America’s closest allies every reason to question our credibility, the opponents of peace the power to exploit our lack of resolve, and Iran and other powers the impetus to assail global security through the reemergence of nuclear weapons programs.

 

“Never before has an American President been so removed from the interests of our country. Never before has America so needed its House of Representatives to protect the interest of the American people. Unfortunately, Chip Roy and Matt McCall, the two Republicans running for this seat, have both stated their support for the withdrawal. In their shortsighted loyalty to the President, they continue to show  that they are not qualified to make vital foreign policy decisions.

 

“While the President believes this “negotiating tactic” will protect his party in November, in TX-21 we’ve seen enough of America’s hard earned work for a safer, cleaner world squandered for the sake of short term gain or special interest.”

 

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.

 


Women for Kopser Hosts Inaugural Meeting

WOMEN FOR KOPSER HOSTS INAUGURAL MEETING

 

(Austin, TX) -- This week Women for Kopser, led by former Texas state Rep. Debra Danburg, hosted its first official meeting. Women for Kopser is a volunteer-organized effort to support Joseph Kopser’s campaign for Congress in the 21st Congressional District. In response to the gathering, Kopser said:

 

“I’m so proud to be supported by this accomplished group of entrepreneurs, innovators, and community builders. I’m particularly grateful to Debra Danburg for opening her home to these leaders, continuing her legacy and empowering their work. Debra’s life work to protect women’s health and create a more open Texas for women and members of the LGBTQ community has created a better life for all of us in the Lone Star state. I have every confidence that TX-21 will benefit from the energy and insight of this group for many years to come.”

 

This week’s gathering will kick off a weekend of action for women in Austin who are united around the goal of electing Joseph Kopser to Congress. The group plans to create opportunities for action across all ten counties that make up the 21st Congressional District.

 

Background:

Women for Kopser is a group of volunteers in TX-21 who are dedicated to electing Joseph Kopser to Congress. They represent a cross section of the district including community leaders, small business owners, and veterans.

 

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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ICYMI: Kopser For Congress Endorsements Wrap-up

ICYMI: KOPSER FOR CONGRESS ENDORSEMENTS WRAP-UP

 

(Austin, Texas) - Recently, Joseph Kopser’s campaign for Congress in the 21st Congressional District has received several high-profile endorsements and recommendations including former Texas Senator Gonzalo Barrientos, the Austin Central Labor Council, the Texas AFL-CIO, Austin Tejano Democrats, Central Austin Democrats, and Circle C Area Democrats. Judy P. Cortez, first woman President of the Austin Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO, released the following statement:

 

“As one of many constituents of Texas 21 who represents labor, I am thrilled that for the first time in a generation this election provides the opportunity to send a candidate that truly represents its citizens to Congress. We know that the Republicans will nominate a candidate beholden to corporate special interests and big GOP money. I could not be more excited to have the community, energy, and dedication of our Austin Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO working hand-in-hand with Joseph Kopser to win this seat.”

 

Most recently, Kopser was endorsed by former Austin-area Texas Senator Gonzalo Barrientos. On why he chose to endorse Kopser, Sen. Barrientos said,

 

“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.”

 

Kopser has also received endorsements from the Austin Tejano Democrats, Central Austin Democrats, and Circle C Area Democrats.

 

These endorsements add 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, and West Austin Democrats. 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: 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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ICYMI: Town Hall for Our Lives in TX-21

TOWN HALL FOR OUR LIVES IN TX-21

(Austin, Texas) -- On Saturday, April 7, 2018, after a call from the organizers of the March 24 nationwide March For Our Lives to host town halls in each of 435 congressional districts across the country, Joseph Kopser will take part in a Town Hall for Our Lives in TX-21.

Where Congressman Lamar Smith will not answer the call to take action on this vital issue, Kopser and his team are leading the charge to bring together students, activists, and local leaders. The event will feature candidates for races up and down the ballot including Ann Kitchen (Austin City Council, District 5), Eddie Rodriguez (Texas House of Representatives, HD-51), Aurora Martinez Jones (candidate for Travis County Judge, 459th District) and Joseph Kopser, (Democratic candidate for TX-21). All other candidates in the district are invited to speak and answer questions at Saturday’s Town Hall.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 7 from 3PM to 6PM at the Dittmar Recreation Center Gymnasium. Following an introduction by State Senator Kirk Watson, Sandy and Lonnie Phillips of Survivors Empowered will discuss their work to shed light on this issue. After a panel featuring 2018 candidates, the event will conclude with an open mic and question and answer session for all available local candidates.

Event details and a full schedule are below, and are also available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/town-hall-for-our-lives-in-tx-21-tickets-44690021056

Saturday, April 7
3-6PM
Dittmar Recreation Center Gymnasium

1009 W Dittmar Rd., Austin TX 78745

Schedule:
3PM - Senator Kirk Watson introduces March for Our Lives organizers

3:30-4:15PM - Discussion with Gun Safety Activists

- Sandy & Lonnie Phillips of Survivors Empowered www.survivorsempowered.org

- Elva Mendoza of Moms Demand Action momsdemandaction.org

- Andrew Morosky of the Newtown Action Alliance www.newtownactionalliance.org

4:15-5PM - Panel with 2018 candidates
- Austin Council Member Ann Kitchen - District 5
- Rep. Eddie Rodriguez - HD-51

- Aurora Martinez Jones - candidate for 459th District Judge
- Joseph Kopser - candidate for TX-21

5:05 - 5:30PM - Open mic and Q&A for all registered candidates

5:30PM - Closing remarks

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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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Kopser for Congress Launches New Digital Spot: "Champion of Change"

Today, the Kopser for Congress campaign launched a new digital spot, “Champion of Change.” The spot introduces Joseph to Primary voters, highlighting his history as a changemaker and his background creating green energy solutions, which led to President Obama naming him a Champion of Change. Joseph Kopser released the following statement:

“Our campaign set out to do what Democrats in this district haven’t done in a long time — to have a real conversation with District 21 voters from Austin to San Antonio, from San Marcos to Leakey. We have a unique opportunity to reach more voters in this district than ever before, and I could not be more excited to bring them our message of new leadership and Progressive Texas values.”

Background: “Champion of Change” is part of a six-figure communications buy targeting roughly 50,000 likely Democratic primary voters.

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


Joseph Kopser Responds to Cook Political Report Shifting TX-21 from Solid Republican to Likely Republican

Today, after the Cook Political Report  moved its rating of Texas’s 21st District from Solid Republican to Likely Republican, Democrat Joseph Kopser  released the following statement:

“This change represents a monumental shift in a district that’s been locked down by Lamar Smith for more than 30 years. With more Democrats and swing voters in Texas-21 than ever, and a field of 18 Republicans to whittle down, it’s no surprise that we’re starting to see a blue wave here.

“Thanks to Team Kopser volunteers, donors, and supporters all over Central Texas, our momentum continues to build. With less than a month until Primary Day, I couldn’t be prouder of this movement to flip Texas-21.”

Read the Cook Political Report ’s coverage below:

Cook Political Report: Ratings Changes in 21 Districts
By Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict)
February 8, 2018

TX-21: OPEN (Smith) (R) — South central: San Antonio and Austin suburbs Likely Republican. This open seat has been one of Texas's most reliably GOP districts dating back more than 30 years. But the professional suburbs of San Antonio and Austin are rapidly moderating. President Trump won this district by 10 points, down from Mitt Romney's 20 point margin. That gives Democrats a shred of hope that former Army officer Joseph Kopser ($337,000 on hand) could pull off an upset in a wave.

He'll likely need a flawed GOP nominee to do that, but the 18-candidate Republican field appears headed for a draining May runoff. At least eight of them have a credible path to the runoff, including former Sen. Ted Cruz staffer Chip Roy, former CIA officer William Negley, state Rep. Jason Isaac, former Rep. Quico Canseco, former Bexar County GOP chair Robert Stovall and PR consultant Jenifer Sarver (who didn't support Trump).

San Antonio observers cite Roy, Isaac and Stovall in particular as potentially too conservative for some more moderate suburban Republicans. It's still a long-shot for Democrats, but worth watching to see whom Republicans nominate.

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


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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