Carter, Spiller in Feb. 23 runoff for HD68 seat

HD68 candidates Craig Carter, David Spiller

HD68 candidates Craig Carter, David Spiller

EARLY VOTING BEGINS FEB.16

HD68 runoff set for Feb. 23

KAY ELLINGTON  |  CAPROCK COURIER

Even though the 87th Texas legislature has been under way since January 12, 2021, this area, served by House District-68, has not had a state representative in the House.

Former state Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, vacated the seat when he successfully ran for Texas Senate District 30 in November.

On January 23 there was a five-way special election in which David Spiller, a Jacksboro attorney and school board trustee, and Craig Carter, a Nocona businessman, qualified for a runoff. Spiller finished first, getting 44 percent of the vote in the 22-county district, and Carter was the runner-up with 18 percent.

Since the special election, news about this race has been dominated by the tragedy striking Carter’s life. His four-year-old daughter and his mother-in-law were killed in a hit-and-run vehicle crash on I-35, and his three-year-old son has been in intensive care since the incident.

Carter said in a Feb. 7 statement, “I prayed for hours about dropping out of the race. I believe I owe it to my family and our community to finish this race. I am a rancher and a business owner, not a politician. I will never forget what I owe this community, and I will fight for you and your family every single day.”

Among the many people expressing support for Carter’s wife and family were his opponent, Spiller, who said, “My wife, Ginger, and I were shocked and saddened to hear of the tragedy devastating the family of Craig Carter.  I would ask everyone to join me in continuing to pray for the Carter and Morgan families for their losses and for the treatment and recovery of Craig and Leigha’s son, Rex.”

Spiller planned a Feb. 9–10 tour of cities in the western portion of the district. “Thank you to the nearly 10,000 voters who came out to vote in this important election,” said Spiller, who secured the endorsements of the other two Republican candidates in the original race as well as that of former governor Rick Perry.

On Thursday, Texas House speaker Dade Phelan announced committee assignments, including those for HD-68.

Friday, Feb. 5, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Feb. 23 as the date of the runoff of the HD 68 special election. Early voting for the runoff will begin Feb. 16.

The counties in this area that HD-68 represents include Cottle, King, Dickens, Kent, Motley, Hall and Floyd.

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