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Sixth District Candidate Ken Cope Hosting High Speed Rail Town Hall in Ennis

ENNIS, January 2, 2018 – Ken Cope, Republican candidate for U.S. Representative in the Sixth District, will host the first of his series of promised town hall meetings focusing on opposition to the Texas High Speed Rail Bullet Train project in Ennis on Tuesday, January 9.

Cope will lead the meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. that day at the Ennis Public Library, 501 West Ennis Avenue (Business Route 287).

Cope has come out strongly against the High Speed Rail project, calling it a “$20 billion boondoggle.” He has detailed his objections to the project in a statement on his campaign website,

When he previously announced his opposition to the project, Cope pledged that if elected Sixth District Representative he would not support the availability of any federal funds for the HSR project and work to keep what he labeled an “ill-conceived scheme” from advancing. Furthermore, Cope opposes including either the High Speed Rail or toll road projects in President Trump’s infrastructure improvement plans.

“I have promised the citizens of the Sixth District, where Ellis and Navarro counties would be torn in half by the construction of the High Speed Rail project, that they would have several opportunities to join with me in coordinating their opposition, and this meeting in Ennis is the first of those opportunities,” Cope said.

Cope added that he will also lead forums in Tarrant County to alert citizens there that the Bullet Train project will affect their property taxes, school districts, emergency care services, and the local economy. “Tarrant County is in the crosshairs of the next phase of the High Speed Rail saga,” he said.

Cope is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and retired aerospace executive who is seeking the Congressional seat being vacated by Joe Barton. Information about the campaign and Cope’s positions on other issues confronting the Sixth District can be found at the campaign website,, and the Facebook page, Cope is also on Twitter at @CopeTexas.