Texas State Professor Rebecca Bell-Metereau to Run for SBOE 5

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Rebecca Bell-Metereau, a professor of English at Texas State University, will be a Democratic candidate for State Board of Education District 5. District 5 is currently represented by Republican incumbent Ken Mercer.

In 2006, over half the money Mercer raised was from James Leininger. Mercer, a former Texas House member, did not face strong opposition when he was elected to his first term. Bell-Metereau, with a profile that seems tailor-made for this district, could change that in 2010.

District 5 includes parts of Travis (south of the river), Bell and Bexar counties along with all of Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, and Llano counties.

Bell-Metereau has taught at Texas State since 1981 and she and her husband have two grown daughters who attended San Marcos public schools. Her community involvement includes service on the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission, the San Marcos Solid Waste Committee, San Marcos 1990 Blue Ribbon Bond Commission, and as a representative to the San Marcos Council of Neighborhood Associations. 

Prior to moving to San Marcos, Bell-Meterau served in the Peace Corps, teaching English in Chad and serving as an English interpreter on relief-flights to other African nations. She later received a Fulbright Scholarship that enabled her to retun to Africa to teach at a university in Senegal for one year.

Bell-Metereau's campaign treasurer is Teresa Hobby, the daughter-in-law of former Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby.

It is exciting for Democrats to field a candidate with such strong credentials and a profile that really fits this district. Democrats appear poised to run strong campaigns in two Central-Texas based districts, SBOE Districts 5 and 10. While both were drawn to elect Republicans, they are both also very winnable. Having a strong candidate like Rebecca Bell-Metereau is the first step to winning in districts like this and restoring some balance to the State Board of Education. 

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  1. Daniel Boone has also announced his
    candidacy for SBOE 5. I've had the chance to meet Boone and he's an affable gentleman with credentials in Psychology both clinical and as a professor he is also a retired Lt. Colonel. I look forward to seeing the two candidates discuss the issues and their qualifications later this year.

  2. Thanks on two points
    First, you gave BOR readers reasoned opinions backed by facts and sources. Secondly, you disclosed the time table and level of your involvement in this campaign. I wish all political consultants would be this open. Most political consultants and their minions seem to prefer to post “behind a tree” sniper commentary rather than have an open discussion with full disclosure.

    While you are at it, please find some more good candidates to run down ballot in Williamson County.

  3. Welcome to the game!
    I first met Rebecca and Dan at that same forum, and was very impressed with Rebecca. She'll make a formidable candidate.

    What was the turnout for Obama in SBOE5? This is a handy yardstick, because Laura Ewing managed to run about 7 points better than Obama in SBOE7 in her run against David Bradley.  She still lost, but only because she was in an extremely Republican district.  In SBOE10, and maybe in SBOE5, she would have won. (Obama pulled about 49% of the 2-party vote in SBOE10.)  

    The upshot is that we have a decent chance of winning SBOE5, and an excellent chance of winning SBOE10. Too bad Al's backing the wrong candidate north of the river!  (Here's the ActBlue link for the right candidate.)

    Lorenzo Sadun

    Democrat for SBOE 10

    LorenzoSadun.com

  4. The vote for Barack Obama was 44.3% in SBOE 5
    Our now President received 38.7% in SBOE 7 and Democratic SBOE candidate Ewing received 43.6% (4.9% better).

    Take the votes cast for Senator Obama and add 4.9%, and we're tantalizingly close: 49.2%.

    Laura Ewing raised the most contributions of any SBOE candidate that I can find–$100,000. We are planning to raise significantly more for Rebecca in SBOE 5–and for Judy Jennings in SBOE 10.

    Speaking of SBOE 10. The vote for Senator Obama was 48.2% in SBOE 10, and Bill Moody topped that in 2006 with 49.8%, but these are outliers.

    I think a more telling number is the percentage of the vote received by Hank Gilbert–well qualified in every way for the post for which he was running but unable to overcome the partisan leanings of the district because he didn't have the resources to run an effective campaign. He received 46.0% of the vote in SBOE 10.

    In the interests of equal time, here's a link for the person I'm backing for SBOE 10, Dr. Judy Jennings.

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