The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is ground zero in the war to turn Texas blue, and the battle between Texas House Representative Victoria Neave (D) (pictured left) and challenger Deanna Metzger (R) is front and center. Transparency Texas has taken a look at the money in the Johnson vs. Rinaldi race for House District 115 (Northwest Dallas County and portions of Coppell, Irving, and Farmers Branch) as well as the Powell vs. Burton race for Senate District 10 (Tarrant County). This week we turn our attention to another close Metroplex match-up, House District 107, which encompasses parts of Dallas, Mesquite, and Garland.
Neave, first elected to the Texas House in 2016, flipped the seat to the Democrat column after defeating then-incumbent Ken Sheets (R). She was off to an auspicious beginning, earning the distinction “Freshman of the Year” by the Texas House Democratic Caucus and “Elected Official of the Year” by the Texas Democratic Women. In December, 2017, however, Neave had an embarrassing and disturbing run-in with the Dallas Police Department after she crashed her BMW into a tree and was found with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit.
Neave’s challenger, Deanna Metzger, hopes to flip the seat back to red. Metzger faced two other candidates in the Republican primary — Joe Ruzicka, former Navy aviator and John McCain staffer, and Brad Perry, an attorney for a Dallas area pro-life organization. Ruzicka edged out Perry by one vote to make it into a run-off against Metzger. Never think your vote doesn’t count.
Here’s a quick look at the numbers:
|Texas House District 107 – By The Numbers|
|Victoria Neave (I)||Deanna Metzger|
|Total Money Raised||$205,688.21||$174,001.26|
|Total Number of Donations||454||210|
|Average Donation Amount||$453.06||$828.58|
|Total Money Raised In-District||$23,077.00||$10,158.06|
|Total Number of Donations In-District||153||72|
|Percent of All Money Raised In-District||11.22%||5.84%|
|Total Money Raised Outside District||$182,611.21||$163,843.20|
|Total Number of Donations Outside District||301||138|
|Percent of All Money Raised Outside District||88.78%||94.16%|
|Total Expenditures in Primary and
|Total Votes in Primary and Runoff*||6494||5684*|
|Cost Per Vote in Primary||$7.53||$30.80|
Ultimately, Metzger won the primary, but not without controversy. Metzger faced allegations that she did not meet the residency requirements to represent HD107. Apparently Metzger and her husband’s primary residence is in Tarrant County, but they also own several homes and a business in the district.
Key Takeaways from the HD 107 Race:
Before you go…
In the last year and a half, Metzger has received $100,000 in loans from Wilbur Geyer and Chuck Geyer, owners of Spur Industrial, LLC, a Mesquite-based construction company for oil and gas facilities. Loans are becoming more common in political fundraising. Often the lender will forgive the loan if the candidate loses or agree to be repaid only if there is money left over after the election.
Our Race to Raise series takes a deeper look at the most high-profile races of the election cycle, focusing specifically on money raised by those seeking to serve in public office. Stay tuned for the next installment.