Field of candidates for Rep. Lamar Smith’s seat narrowed down


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A field of 22 candidates for Republican Lamar Smith’s congressional seat has been whittled down to the two candidates who will face off in the general election. Democrat Joseph Kopser and Republican Chip Roy will meet each other on the November ballot. 

During the March Primary, there were 18 Republicans and four Democrats competing for Smith’s seat. 

As of 9:40 p.m. Kopser had 58 percent of the vote with nearly 13,000 votes. 

Chip Roy bested Matt McCall by 52 percent with 17,320 votes to McCall’s 15,830 votes as of 10:05 p.m. 

U.S. House District 21 Republican

Chip Roy

Roy was a former staffer to top Texas Republicans including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and Gov. Rick Perry. He is a former federal prosecutor who served as the Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Texas.  Roy used to work for Nationsbanc Capital Markets and the Texas Public Policy Foundation as the Vice President of Strategy.

Matt McCall

McCall is a Texan business owner who is pro-life and believes in ending illegal immigration and protecting 2nd Amendment rights. After traveling to 45 countries around the world, including Russia, he realized the free markets have to improve lives. In 2004, McCall started a business which supplied surgical products to the United States Military hospitals in Europe and Asia.

U.S. House District 21 Democrats

Mary Street Wilson

Wilson’s goal is to help people with their problems and she does this as a math teacher and as a minister. She believes listening to one another will help the government find solutions to the needs of our district and country. Wilson’s key issues are maternal mortality, healthcare for all, the public education system, racism and gun deaths.

Joseph Kopser

Kopser graduated from West Point and had a 20-year career with the Army where he was deployed to Iraq multiple times. He got his Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard and now teaches ROTC cadets at the University of Texas at Austin and West Point. For his work on an app called RideScout, Kopser won the Department of Transportation’s Data and Innovation Award in 2013 and named a White House Champion of Change by former President Obama.

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