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By Elizabeth Tanner/The Post Dispatch—
The Texas House of Representatives will continue the 87th Legislative Session short one member as the results in the special election for House District 68 turned up short on Saturday.
Despite David Spiller, an attorney from Jack County and long-time board member for Jacksboro ISD, leading the race through the entire night, he ended up shy of the 50 percent required to avoid a runoff with 43.88 percent of the vote as the district’s largest county, Cooke County, reported votes to the secretary of state.
While the runner-up position went back and forth between the other three Republicans in the race, Nocana Old Boot Factory owner Craig Carter ultimately took the second spot with 17.81 percent of the vote.
According to an unofficial count from the state, Carter, who previously ran in the special election for Senate District 30 against then-Rep. Drew Springer and Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther, ended the evening only 57 votes ahead of Jacksboro financial planner John Berry and 162 votes ahead of Cooke County Judge Jason Brinkley. The lone Democrat in the race, Charles Gregory, a postal worker from Childress, came in last with four percent of the vote.
In Garza County, Spiller and Craig also topped the races with Spiller taking 40.31 percent of the vote with 77 total votes and Craig taking 22.51 percent of the vote with 43 total votes. Following was third-place candidate Brinkley with 19.90 percent of the vote with 38 total votes, Berry with 12.04 percent of the vote with 23 total votes and Gregory with 5.24 percent of the vote with 10 total votes.
With a rather slow election, 191 Garza County residents cast ballots, 110 of which were cast on election day. Out of the 81 ballots cast early, only seven were by mail.
And, with Spiller and Carter preparing to face off once again for Spiller’s House District 68 seat at a date yet to be determined, they are reminding their supporters of why they are the perfect candidate for the job.
Spiller, who refers to himself as an “honest honorable conservative,” focuses his platform on defending the second amendment, abolishing abortion, protecting rural values such as property rights and the growth of rural hospitals and water sources and supporting education.
“I look forward to advancing and defending the conservative principles, beliefs and values of the people of the district,” Spiller said. “I’m proud to live by our shared conservative values each day. We’ve got to work hard to protect our way of life from the urban legislators working to raid our resources and tax dollars. I’m committed to protecting our conservative way of life.”
Carter, who refers to himself as “a working man’s conservative,” lists his top priority issues as reducing property tax, adopting consumption tax, abolishing abortion, growing the Texas economy and spurring new job creation, defending the second amendment, setting term limits, fighting fraud and corruption, securing the border from illegal immigration, protecting history and monuments, standing behind law enforcement and protecting parental rights for education, upbringing and medical care.
“We have a lot of career politicians in local government, but not nearly enough blue-collar leaders committed to doing the heavy lifting for middle class families,” Carter said. “That’s why I am running – to bring a working man’s approach to our state government. That means rolling up my sleeves and focusing on improving schools, passing property tax reforms and growing our economy. It’s time we provide hope and a brighter future for everyday working families.”
To learn more about Spiller or Carter before the runoff election, visit spillerfortexas.com or craigcarterfortexas.com.