Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and aerospace executive, Ken Cope, files to fill Joe Barton's place in Congress.
Arlington, TX, December 14, 2017 — Ken Cope, conservative Republican Party activist and 2014 U.S. Senate candidate, officially announced today that he is running for the Sixth Congressional District seat long held by Joe Barton.
Cope, a resident of Arlington, has filed the necessary papers to run in the Republican primary for the position. He said he wants to offer a Christian conservative philosophy and strong personal ethics to voters in the primary and the general election in 2018.
“I believe I align with the majority of Sixth District voters when it comes to the important issues,” said Cope, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and aerospace executive.
“We need to restore public faith in the ethics of our representatives,” Cope continued. “And along with a tax system that is fair and rewards opportunity, we must work to reduce the size of the federal government so that we can balance our budget and start to reduce the staggering national debt.”
On immigration, Cope called for a system that encourages those who follow the rules, and on the military, he declared that “We need a strong and well-supplied fighting force that makes any potential adversary think twice about acting against this country.”
Cope was one of several challengers to U.S. Senator John Cornyn in the 2014 Republican primary. Since then, he has remained active in Republican Party and local politics, and served as a national delegate to the Republican Convention in 2016.
Referring to the embarrassments that led to Barton’s decision not to seek re-election, Cope said, “There are no skeletons in my closet. I have been faithfully married to the same woman for 42 years. Sixth District voters don’t need to worry that I will be distracted by foolishness like that. Instead, I will spend my time representing them and offering a strong conservative voice in Washington.”
Information about the campaign and Cope's positions on the issues confronting the Sixth District can be found at the campaign website, http://www.CopeTexas.com, and the Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/copetexas. Cope is also on Twitter @CopeTexas.
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