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.


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.


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.