WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — David Spiller defeated Craig Carter to become the 68th District Representative in the Texas Legislature.

Going into Tuesday night’s election, Spiller had the support of former Governor Rick Perry and the 3rd and 4th place finishers in last month’s special election, John Berry and Jason Brinkley.

Spiller describes himself as a ‘rural conservative’ who will focus on issues that matter to them.

“Rural issues are different in some respects than urban issues and rural legislators are outnumbered 3 to 1,” Spiller said.

Carter came up short but fought just as hard along the way.

Earlier this month, Carter’s 4-year-old daughter and Mother-in-law were killed in a hit-and-run accident. The accident also left his 3-year-old son critically injured.

Carter stayed in the race and said no matter the outcome, his motivation would remain constant.

“I want to thank everyone that supported me and came out and voted. We want people to hear the story and although it’s very sad, we know where they are. They are in a better place. We know we will see them again,” Carter said.

Carter is a Nocona businessman and former candidate for the overlapping Texas Senate District 30.

Spiller is a lawyer from Jacksboro and a school board trustee.

Spiller will fill the last vacant seat in the legislature left open by Senator Drew Springer who was recently elected to serve as the District 30 representative in the state Senate.

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Jacksboro city attorney David Spiller has been elected to represent House District 68 in the Texas House of Representatives.

Spiller claimed victory against Nocona businessman Craig Carter.

Spiller served as city attorney in Jacksboro for over 30 years, general counsel to the Jack County Hospital District for 30 years and has a private law practice with his two sons.

Spiller is a self-proclaimed “rural conservative” who believes he can be the voice for rural residents in House District 68 in the Texas House of Representatives.

“I’ll fight for lower taxes, support the right to life, defend the Second Amendment, I will fight for rural schools, rural hospitals which I know very well. I’ll fight for rural broadband and internet access across the district because that is a problem throughout our district,” Spiller said.

The last person to sit in the House District 68 seat was Rep. Drew Springer who stepped down from the role after being elected to the Texas Senate District 30 seat.

In the January election to fill Springer’s seat, Spiller finished with 43.8% of the vote while Carter finished with 18%, sending the election to a runoff since neither candidate claimed an outright majority of 50%.