Candidates vying to replace Springer in HD 68

A special election is being held to replace the Texas House of Representatives District 68 seat, that was previously held by incoming Texas State Senator, Drew Springer.

The election date is set for Jan. 23, but early voting begins on Jan. 11. The Young County Republicans will host a forum on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m at the Young County Arena Barclay room. This forum will be held for the candidates of this election, which to date, includes Jacksboro attorney David Spiller, Jack County resident John Berry, Cook County Judge Jason Brinkley, and businessman Craig Carter.

Craig Carter had previously run for the Texas State Senate Seat in August and September. Carter also spoke at the Young County Republicans meeting on Sep. 8. In a recent press release from Craig Carter, he states that “The next legislation session is going to present some very serious challenges, and it’s going to take people with real-world experience to meet those challenges.” Carter also said that “I view serving in the Texas House as another opportunity to give back--where I will put my skills to work abolishing property taxes, preserving our freedoms, defending life, and getting the economy going again.”

Candidate David Spiller who is a Jacksboro attorney, states “I look forward to advancing and defending the conservative principles, beliefs and values of the people of the district.” According to, he also adds that “We must protect the right to life, defend the 2nd Amendment, protect rural schools and hospitals, improve rural broadband, and defend property and water rights. And we must have a strong voice against tax increases.”

Former Jack County Commissioner John Berry, has also officially announced his candidacy via social media and a press release as well. He states on his website that he wants to be a voice for Rural Texas. “I will serve rural Texas, first, last and always in the Texas House of Representatives. My family and I live on a ranch and value the simple way of life. We believe in honesty, hard work, and community. I want to see those values protected on capitol hill for all Texans.” Berry said.

Last but not least is former Cooke County Judge, Jason Brinkley. “As a local elected official for over 10 years, I know it is vital that we give property taxpayers relief, keep businesses open and protect jobs, deliver broadband Internet to rural Texans who need equal access to health care and education, and protect water resources vital to agriculture,” Brinkley said. Brinkley and his wife reside in Gainesville, Texas.

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