Two Republicans headed for runoff race
Carter, Spiller emerge atop field of five Jan. 23
BARBARA BRANNON | THE TEXAS SPUR
Jacksboro attorney and school board trustee David Spiller took 43.88% of the vote in the Jan. 23 special election for Texas HD68 and will face Nocona Boot Factory owner Craig Carter (18.07%) in a runoff to replace outgoing state Rep. Drew Springer, who was elected to the Texas Senate. The runoff date has not yet been announced.
Carter, a former state Senate candidate, was closely followed by another GOP candidate, former Jack county commissioner John Berry, who trailed by 57 votes. Republican Jason Brinkley of Gainesville was in fourth place with 16% of the vote. The only Democrat running, Charles D. Gregory, finished last with 4%.
Spiller told The Texas Spur, “I was really honored to end up with such a large lead with so many excellent people running.”
“I think voters like my priorities like protecting rural schools and hospitals, broadband, protecting land and water rights, protecting the right to life and the 2nd amendment and lower property taxes,” he said.
Carter took on his opponent’s background, stating that “the people of our district are farmers, ranchers, and workers. I own and run a boot factory. Mr. Spiller is an attorney, I’m sure he’s a decent man, but an attorney and factory worker have different experiences. Personally, I think our district is tired of lawyers and politicians.”
Spiller said that a runoff will give him more time to meet voters. “That effort starts right after church tomorrow morning,” he said. “Thank you to the nearly 10,000 voters who came out to vote in this important election.”