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Roy, Kopser Compete For Texas Congressional District 21 Seat

Texas Public Radio's "The Source" is hosting a series of forums with candidates leading up the 2018 midterm elections.

Texas' 21st Congressional District is set to bring in new blood after the November elections. 

The seat, currently occupied by Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, spans northern San Antonio, the Hill Country, New Braunfels and parts of Austin. Smith announced his intention to retire late last year.

Candidates on both sides of the aisle competed in primary runoff elections, leading to two final contenders: Joseph Kopserand Chip Roy.

Roy, a Republican, has experience in the state capitol working for elected officials, as well as the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation think tank. Kopser, an Austin-based Democrat, is an Army veteran and technology entrepreneur. Both are first-time candidates.

What do these nominees plan to bring to U.S. Congress? What are their core issues?


  • Chip Roy, Republican candidate for U.S. House District 21
  • Joseph Kopser, Democratic candidate for U.S. House District 21

"The Source" is a live call-in program airing Mondays through Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. During the live show, call 210-614-8980, email thesource@tpr.org or tweet at @TPRSource. 

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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.