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Andrew Metscher

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Andrew Metscher
Andrew Metscher.jpg
Former candidate for
Texas House of Representatives, District 14
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolSouthwest High School, 2005
Personal
Place of birthFort Hood, Texas
ProfessionStudent
Websites
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Andrew Metscher was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 14 of the Texas House of Representatives.[1]

Biography

Metscher, a 2005 graduate of Southwestern High School, is a student at Texas A&M University.[2][3]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Metscher's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Ethics

  • 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."

Healthcare

  • 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."

Same-Sex Marriage

  • 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."

General Modernizing

  • "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

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took 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 was held 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. Raney defeated Metscher and Bruce Pugh (L) in the general election.[1][4][5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 14 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Raney Incumbent 68.1% 15,193
     Democratic Andrew Metscher 28.5% 6,358
     Libertarian Bruce Pugh 3.4% 765
Total Votes 22,316

Personal

Metscher is married to his wife, Sydney.[2][3]

See also

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