A local business owner has launched her campaign for House District 68, currently held by incumbent State Rep. David Spiller. 

Kerri Kingsbery announced Monday that she will be running against Spiller (R–Jacksboro) for the north Texas district, saying she is entering the fight to bring Texas values back to Austin.

“I am running for District 68 because we must stop electing lawyers and politicians who tell us one thing but do another. I have the experience; I have the fight and I am ready to step up for the people of this district. We need to send true conservatives to Austin to fight for the future of Texas,” said Kingsbery. 

Transparency USA’s financial summary reports show Spiller received $101,000 from Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC and $97,700 from House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont). 

Although Spiller has received a 79 rating from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and an 84 from Texas Right to Life, he has come under scrutiny for his involvement in the impeachment of Attorney General Ken Paxton. 

Spiller was among the 60 Republican House members who voted to impeach Paxton and served as one of the 12 House impeachment managers leading the impeachment trial in the Texas Senate. 

“I’m completely embarrassed that our representative, David Spiller, not only supported House Speaker Dade Phelan’s appointment of Democrat chairs but was one of the Republicans who managed the impeachment of conservative Attorney General Ken Paxton. It is because of his misaligned priorities that so many great pieces of conservative legislation died in the House,” said Kingsbery.

Texas Scorecard reached out to Rep. Spiller for comment but received no response before publication.

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.