Victoria County Dems, Repubs weigh in on UHV bill

May 24, 2011 at 12:24 a.m.

Interim University of Houston-Victoria President Don Smith talked to the Victoria Democrats Club during its regular meeting on Tuesday night.

The club, comprised of members of the Victoria County Democratic Party, hosts speakers each month.

"A lot of people were asking questions about House Bill 2556," Gabriel Soliz, a Victoria city councilman and Democrat, said. "Don Smith graciously agreed to come down to talk to us."

The bill aims to move UHV into the Texas A&M University System. Smith's talk, though, was centered on the history of the University of Houston System and the school.

"I'm not getting into the dispute," Smith said before the meeting. "It's just an informational talk."

Even so, Smith's talk occurred during a time of public debate about the bill. Have Victoria County political parties endorsed or opposed the bill?

The answer is no.

"We have no official position on the bill," said Kelly Gill, the Democratic Party chairwoman. "Education should not be a partisan issue."

Michael Cloud, Gill's Republican counterpart, agreed. State Rep. Geanie Morrison, a Victoria Republican, filed the bill in March.

"We support the representative, but when our executive committee meets, our focus is building the local party and working the principles supported in our platform," Cloud said. "The bill is an important issue, but not one that falls into liberal or conservative thought."



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