David Speer, a teacher of New Deal ISD, is suspending his campaign to run for District 83 against sitting Representative Dustin Burrows. Speer first announced his campaign in August of 2019.

In a statement, Speer mentions a statute in the Texas Constitution which he believes would disqualify him from holding office. Read Speer's full press release below:

“The most common question I field when speaking about my campaign is “how are you going to do this as a teacher?” I have to say that the past couple of months of campaigning has indeed taught me quite a few things about politics and the things in life I cherish more than anything.

A wise friend (and pastor) once told me of his journey into the ministry; he wanted to tell God what he was willing to sacrifice in order serve the Lord. Naturally, God expected much more than he was initially willing to put “in the circle,” but once the withheld parts of his life were finally yielded, God blessed his new ministry.

Before and during this campaign, I have always believed in two things that I value too greatly to sacrifice at the altar of public service: my love for my family and my love for teaching students in the New Deal community. My hope has always been to find a balance between those values and serving the people of Texas.

I have consulted with many people while researching sources for guidance in my quest to find that balance-for now, my best understanding leads me to believe that I will not be able to teach and hold office as a State Representative.

While I personally do not believe the authors of this provision intended to prohibit active teachers from serving as Representatives, I have not discovered a clear path for me to serve as a Legislator while continuing my treasured career as a public school teacher. I have always accepted that it would obviously not be possible to draw any kind of salary from teaching during legislative sessions in Austin, but it would appear that continuing to work as a teacher would be Constitutionally inappropriate as long as I was in office-regardless of whether or not the Legislature is in session. While there may be legal remedies available, I am not sure that I want to drag my precious family and beloved school district along for that kind of journey.

I cherish all of your prayers, support, and love for the Lone Star State!”

David Speer

Republican Candidate for TX House District 83