|Texas House of Representatives, District 14|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Southwest High School, 2005|
|Place of birth||Fort Hood, Texas|
Metscher's website highlights the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: "We need tighter ethics laws to prevent dangerous conflicts of interest in our government. I find it sad that there are so many catalogs of corruption in our state. When someone is able to craft the legislation to give their company incredible power over consumers, something needs to change.
Criminal Justice Reform
- Excerpt: "Texas deserves a new look at reform, not just on how we lock people up, but also why we lock people up. Sending non-violent offenders to jail for crimes that do not cause any harm to others is an egregious overreach."
- Excerpt: "Stopping [the expansion of Medicaid], which the Federal government offered to pay for for the first few years, only continues the trend of private hospitals being forced to shoulder the bills of the uninsured."
Honesty and Responsibility
- Excerpt: "Texas’ “balanced” budget is nothing more than smoke, mirrors, and accounting tricks. In reality, our budget regularly falls short of what we need. To hide this, the state withholds millions of dollars in money that is supposed to go to various agencies around the state and, if that isn’t enough, they just roll the extra onto the next year’s budget."
- Excerpt: "The Texas constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage, or anything resembling marriage, is a clear violation of the 14th Amendment’s promise of equal protection under the law."
- "The Railroad Commission of Texas needs to be renamed. While they control regulation of our oil and gas industries, they have not handled railroads for almost 30 years. As these are very powerful elected positions, it is dishonest for them to hide behind an archaic name. Texas still has “blue laws” on the books that prevent the sale of items like alcohol and cars on Sunday. It’s pretty silly to have these restrictions still in place."
Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent John Raney was unopposed in the Republican primary. Andrew Metscher was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Metscher, Raney and Bruce Pugh (L) will face off in the general election.
- Official campaign website
- Andrew Metscher on Facebook (campaign)
- Andrew Metscher on Facebook (personal)
- Andrew Metscher on Twitter
- Andrew Metscher on Google+
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from The Texas Tribune
- Texas Secretary of State
- Elect Andrew Metscher, "Bio," accessed February 18, 2014
- Facebook, "Andrew Metscher - About," accessed February 18, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 March Primary Election Candidate Filings by County," accessed March 4, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Democratic Party Primary Election," accessed April 9, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Republican Party Primary Election," accessed April 9, 2014
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