Ahead of the November elections, the San Antonio Report invited candidates to submit commentaries and share their points of view with voters. All commentaries are presented in their original form with minimal editing.
In the close race for U.S. House District 21, Republican incumbent Chip Roy faces Democratic challenger Wendy Davis, a former Texas state senator. Before Roy was elected in 2018, the district was represented by Republican U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith for 32 years.
Roy, who previously served as First Assistant Attorney General of Texas under Ken Paxton and chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, has highlighted his legislation to aid small businesses and emphasized his support for law enforcement. Davis, who represented District 10 in the Texas State Senate from 2009 to 2015 and ran for Texas governor in 2014, has cited health care and education as top priorities in her campaign and pointed to her work “across the aisle” as a state senator.
The winner would represent a district that includes much of San Antonio’s North Side, a portion of southern and western Austin in Travis County, Bandera, Blanco, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, and Real counties, most of Comal County, and a large part of Hays County.
Follow the links below to read both candidates’ arguments for why they should represent the 21st congressional district.