Mary Wilson (D-TX)
Mary Wilson is former math instructor and a current minister at a progressive church in Cedar Park; she believes in the separation of church and state and respect for non-religious people. She has a record of progressive advocacy in opposition to the bathroom bill and school vouchers and in support of Planned Parenthood, the LGBTQ community, and the water protectors at Standing Rock. She broadly supports several progressive causes, including immigration reform, public school funding, universal health care, and gun safety legislation.
Joseph Kopser (D-TX)
A tech entrepreneur, 20-year army veteran, and former Reagan Republican, Kopser seeks moderate, incremental progressive change. He supports a Medicare buy-in option for people who qualify for insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, a public option, and insurance rate regulation. To address mass incarceration, he wants to regulate private prisons, abolish mandatory minimum sentences, and fund drug and mental health courts. He recently came out in favor of a $15/hour minimum wage, although early in the campaign he expressed concern that the higher the minimum wage gets, the faster technology will replace workers. In addition to promoting renewable energy, Kopser advocates a transition away from fossil fuels through “transparent” natural gas fracking, and he’s stated that “the science on fracking is questionable.” Kopser sits on the board of the Texas Association of Business and the Austin Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Truman National Security Project, and helped found Bunker Labs Austin, a start-up incubator for veterans. Kopser's fundraising emphasizes small donations and help from four political action committees (PACs), including Rep. Seth Moulton’s Serve America PAC, Joe Trippi’s 314 Action PAC, Matt Angle’s Lone Star Project PAC, and VoteVets PAC. Kopser came under fire during the course of the primary for repeated plagiarism as well as for receiving help from the DCCC before the primary was decided. At a recent forum in Bandera County, he compared the U.S.-Mexico border to the Iran-Iraq border and called for its militarization and voiced support for "border zones". Kopser is endorsed by Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, Texas State Senator Kirk Watson, Texas State House Rep Donna Howard, San Antonio Judge Nelson Wolff, and ATX Dem Vets.