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By Elizabeth Tanner/The Post Dispatch
During a 700-mile, nine-stop House District 68 tour that included the City of Post, State Representative Drew Springer encouraged Garza County residents to vote, even if not for him.
“We have to go vote,” Springer said. “Please get everyone you know to go vote – your family, your neighbors – get everybody out to vote.”
With this election bringing obstacles such as no straight party voting, Springer said he is facing yet another challenge – running contested for the first time.
Running against opponent Shelly Luther, who was jailed earlier this year after refusing to close her salon due to coronavirus restrictions, Springer jokes that he is running against a national celebrity.
“We have some stark differences,” Springer said. “But her basic platform is one I totally agree with – Texas should be open.”
Besides voting, Springer also encourages Garza County citizens to keep communication open, sharing their concerns with him.
“I feel very confident that we share similarities on what needs to be done,” Springer said. “I want to help Garza County. We are like 300-mile-away best friends. We have to have that level of communication. I want to hear my teachers, superintendents, mayors, city councils – everybody. I value and want to hear citizen testimonies.”
Springer also stresses the importance of House Bill 3, which provides more money for Texas classrooms; belt tightening, which hasn’t been done in 10 years; and rural broadband, one of his top priorities.
“Without rural broadband, you won’t be able to attract people and keep them in your community,” Springer said.
Also underlining the significance of having common ground in government, Springer says he strives to find what can be accomplished through togetherness.
“The worst part of governing is that people think one person has to win and one person has to lose, but it’s not that way,” Springer said. “We need to learn to work together for the betterment of the state.”
And, as voters hit the polls, Springer asks them to remember one thing.
“A lot of things sound great in utopia,” Springer said, “but we don’t live in utopia – we live in Texas.”