AUSTIN — In a debate moderated by KVUE Oct. 16, District 21 candidates made their cases to Texas voters.

Hosted by KVUE News and the Greater Austin and San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, the debate covered topics such as gun reform, healthcare, tax cuts, immigration and jobs. U.S. House of Representatives District 21 candidates Joseph Kopser (D) and Chip Roy (R) participated in the debate, which is happened from noon to 1 p.m. at the Google Fiber Space in Downtown Austin, located at 201 Colorado St.

KVUE political reporter Ashley Goudeau moderated the debate.

FULL, RAW DEBATE: KVUE moderates District 21 debate between Joseph Kopser and Chip Roy

Republican Lamar Smith has represented the district since 1987. Last November, he announced he would not seek re-election.

Kopser is a West Point Graduate and Army Veteran who served in the Iraq war. He founded the mobility company RideScout, which he later sold. He also spent time campaigning for former President Barack Obama.

Roy graduated from the University of Virginia and earned his JD from the University of Texas at Austin. He served as the First Assistant Attorney General of Texas and as a United States Attorney in the Eastern District. He was also Senator Ted Cruz's Chief of Staff, an advisor to former Governor Rick Perry and most recently served as the VP of Strategy for the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

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