Candidates as of July 2017

Derrick Crowe

Derrick is a progressive organizer and former staffer for senior Democrats in Congress. He is the former owner/operator of Mothership Books and Games, a small business in Austin. He's led communications and/or organizing efforts for nonprofits including Brave New Foundation, the Center for Public Policy Priorities, and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. He currently directs communications for an Austin-based nonprofit addressing family violence and sexual assault and exploitation. Derrick spends his off-hours organizing for climate justice and raising awareness about the escalating threat of climate change.   

Joseph Kopser

Joseph served in the U.S. Army for 20 years earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab and Bronze Star. He graduated from West Point with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and received a Masters from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2002. In the business sector, Joseph built and sold an award-winning clean energy transportation company called RideScout.  He is married with 3 daughters.

Elliott McFadden

Elliott has spent his career working for progressive causes including affordable housing, access to healthcare, and transportation. He led the campaign to establish the Travis County Hospital District and founded the first car sharing service in Texas. He then created the successful campaign to invest $65 million in affordable housing and is currently the Executive Director of Austin B-cycle, one of the most successful bike share systems in America. Now he wants to take his record of effective, progressive leadership to Washington so we can restore Congress as an equal and independent legislative body, reform our electoral system so it will reflect the voice of voters, and invest in our people so we can all enjoy our country's prosperity. 

Rixi Melton

As a working mother, community leader, and longtime small business consultant and manager, Rixi is deeply, personally familiar with the challenges that face many of the constituents of TX-21. Passionately committed to protecting and serving those who don't have a voice, Rixi is ready to take on the challenge of unseating an incumbent who doesn't represent the interests of most of his constituents in Congress.


Chris Perri

Chris Perri has dedicated his life to fighting for justice and freedom. He earned his law degree from the University of Texas and now owns a successful criminal defense practice. Further, he holds a master’s degree in economics. As a community leader, Chris serves as supervising attorney for UT Law’s Texas Expunction Project, which assists indigent Texans so that they can better compete in the job market. In 2016, UT’s Texas Law Fellowships awarded Chris the Excellence in Public Interest Award. Chris is now ready to bring his passion, energy, and progressive values to Washington.    

Mary Wilson

Rev. Mary Wilson is the pastor at Church of the Savior in the Austin area.  She has also been math teacher for over 20 years - most recently at ACC - and has both a BS and MA in mathematics.

In her role as a minister, she has been a social justice advocate, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, speaking out for workers’ rights, and supporting the LBTGQ community.  Mary is currently a doctoral student at Brite Divinity School working on her final project on trauma from sexual abuse and theological aspects of recovering from traumatic experiences.

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