Brady Pendleton is not the only candidate running for place 5 on the Stephenville City Council.

The Empire-Tribune was caught unaware that Mary Beach McGuire had filed for the spot a little more than a week ago - and erroneously reported in Sunday's edition that Pendleton was the only candidate who had filed for the spot.

But now we know the race is on.

McGuire is a longtime Stephenville resident who graduated from Stephenville High School in 1997.

After earning a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Rio Grande in Ohio in 2005 and a law degree from Ohio Northern University in 2010, McGuire and her family returned to Stephenville.

"We made the decision to come back to Stephenville because it's a great place to raise a family," she said in a previous interview. "And I hope to work to keep it that way."

This is not McGuire's first time to run for political office. In May, she lost to incumbent Scott Evans for place 8.

"I would like the opportunity to work hard for the city of Stephenville and bring back that sense of pride that seems to have diminished some in the last 10 years," McGuire said. "It is time to break out of the holding pattern and step into the next stage. Stephenville needs new growth. It needs new businesses that will bring jobs with a good living wage to families." 

McGuire is the children's program director at First United Methodist Church where she has been a member since she was 3. She volunteers as PTO president for Gilbert Intermediate and is the assistant troop leader for her daughter's Girl Scout troop. She supports the fine arts in Stephenville and the surrounding areas as a volunteer and member of the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council and through the supporting organization, Stephenville Art Divas. She is also an active member of Cross Timbers Republican Women. 

Candidates interested in filing for place 5 must file paperwork at City Hall by 5 p.m. Thursday.