(From left) Candidates for House Seat District 21 Chip Roy and Joseph Kopser.
(From left) Chip Roy and Joseph Kopser are vying to represent Texas' Congressional District 21. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

Ahead of the November midterm elections, the Rivard Report invited invested parties to provide commentaries and share their points of view with voters. All commentaries are presented in original form with basic editing and fact-checking.

Republican Chip Roy and Democrat Joseph Kopser are vying for the 21st Congressional District seat that is being vacated by retiring Republican Lamar Smith. Smith has held the position since 1986 when he took over from retiring four-time Republican Tom Loeffler.

In short, this district, which covers portions of San Antonio, Austin, and the Hill Country, isn’t accustomed to change.

Roy is a known commodity in Republican circles after serving in various roles for multiple Texas officeholders, including serving as Ted Cruz’s chief of staff in 2013. Kopser, a decorated Army veteran and businessman, is taking his first shot at politics by advocating a more moderate view aimed at Democrats and disgruntled Republicans.

Click on the banners below to read Roy and Kopser’s arguments for why they should be District 21’s next representative in Congress.

For the previous commentaries in this exclusive elections series, click here. 

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San Antonio Report Staff

This article was assembled by various members of the San Antonio Report staff.