Bell-Metereau announces campaign for state representative in District 45

Rebecca Bell-Metereau is an educator and dedicated community activist. She is a problem-solver who knows how to bring people together to find solutions. Rebecca is a Democrat running for State Representative in District 45, which includes Hays and Blanco counties. As our Representative, she will improve schools, create good jobs, provide better access to health care, and protect our environment.

Rebecca is a lifelong advocate for Texas students. Currently a Professor of English and Director of the Media Studies Minor at Texas State University, she teaches literature and film. Rebecca has authored three books and has a fourth to be released in 2018 from Rutgers University Press.

After receiving her B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University, Rebecca served in the Peace Corps for two years in Africa. She returned to Indiana to earn her Ph.D. In 1997-1998, Rebecca was Visiting Professor at University of Oklahoma, and 1999-2000, Fulbright Scholar and Professor, Gaston Berger University, Senegal.

Throughout her career, Rebecca has been a leader in our community. She has volunteered in the San Marcos ISD, and has served as a member of the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission, Blue Ribbon Bond Commission, and San Marcos Solid Waste Commission, where she helped initiate curbside recycling in San Marcos. She has served as secretary, treasurer, and president of her neighborhood association, as representative to the San Marcos Council of Neighborhood Associations, and as secretary of the local League of Women Voters.

Rebecca was the Democratic nominee for the Texas State Board of Education in 2010, 2012 and 2016, challenging Republican Ken Mercer, who led the movement to undermine the teaching of evolution and promote inaccuracies in the history curriculum. Though she ran in tough districts gerrymandered for Republicans, her campaigns consistently outperformed expectations. In 2016, Rebecca came within four percent of defeating Mercer, the best-ever record for a Democrat in a district that has elected far-right Republicans to the board.

Rebecca is a member of the Texas State Employees Union and the Texas Faculty Association. She is the sole recipient of the Texas AFL-CIO Austin Area Central Labor Council’s endorsement in the District 45 race.

Rebecca and her husband, Jean-Pierre Metereau, have lived in San Marcos for over three decades. Their two grown daughters graduated from San Marcos public schools.

Teresa S. Hobby, former Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby’s daughter-in-law, serves as Rebecca’s campaign treasurer.

For more information about Rebecca, visit her website or social media listed below.