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Texas House, District 107

2 year term. Must be 21 or older, a US citizen, resident of Texas and the district represented. Responsible for representing the citizens of the district in the Texas House of Representatives.

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  • Deanna Maria Metzger
    (Rep)

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    Victoria Neave
    (Dem)

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EDUCATION: What changes, if any, should be made to public education and its funding in Texas?

RAINY DAY FUND: What uses are appropriate, in your opinion, for the Rainy Day fund?

GUN SAFETY: What, if anything, should be done to address concerns over gun violence? Please be specific and include the source of funding for new initiatives, if appropriate.

HIGHWAY FUNDS: How would you address the growing need for funding for highway maintenance and construction? What is your position on allowing tolled lanes to reduce congestion on crowded highways?

OTHER ISSUES: What other issues do you believe will be most pressing in the next session of the Texas Legislature and what is your position on these issues?

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Age 37
Education J.D., Texas Southern University TMSL B.A., Government and Politics UT Dallas DCCCD Ursuline Academy
Twitter @Victoria4Texas
The failure to adequately invest in our pubic schools is one of the most critical issues facing our state today. The State Legislature cut more than $5 billion from our public schools and failed to fully restore the cuts. To ensure that our children start school ready to learn and succeed, we should invest in quality, full-day Pre-K. Investing in public education is the key to addressing the great wealth disparity in our state and improving our economy. I believe that everyone benefits when we have an educated populace and it is our responsibility to make sure that we invest in our public schools so that all children, regardless of their socioeconomic status or the zip code in which they live, receive access to a quality education.
We should consider tapping the Rainy Day Fund for items that are in dire need of funding, such as fully funding our public schools, to address retired teachers pensions, and to provide relief for Hurricane Harvey devastation.
We can both protect the Second Amendment while passing legislation to protecting children in our schools, like universal background checks, among other things. If we truly want to end gun violence in our classrooms then we must fully fund our public schools. We already demand so much of our teachers and school employees, yet we do not properly fund them. We need to support our schools and provide additional funding for school safety, but we must also provide teachers and school administrators with the training and resources necessary to better recognize and reach out to kids who are feeling isolated and exhibiting violent behavior.
I am proud to have worked with local residents, the various Chambers of Commerce, businesses, city leaders of Dallas, Mesquite, and Garland, the North Texas Council of Governments, and the Texas Department of Transportation on the LBJ East Project to help address traffic congestion on I-635E between 75 and 30 and to ensure that the project was a priority for the Texas Transportation Commission. We still have work to do, but one will begin to see progress and construction on I-635E soon. The state must invest in transportation funding, but also weigh options like managed toll lanes, and look at high-speed rail and commuter rail--to improve mobility in Texas.
During the 85th legislative session, I served on the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence and the House Committee on County Affairs. I passed the language of 6 of our bills which were all signed into law by the Governor, including legislation to generate funding to address the backlog of thousands of untested rape kits. I am running for re-election to the Texas House to continue to bring the voice of working-class families from our District to the Texas Legislature by working hard and across the aisle. Some of the priority issues are: 1) Fighting to fully fund our public schools & college affordability; 2) Issues that impact women: funding the rape kit backlog, implementing solutions from Sexual Violence Task Force I created; 3) I-635 E Project/ transportation infrastructure