Thursday's 5 p.m. deadline to file for place 5 on the Stephenville City Council came and went with nothing new.

No last minute candidates rushed through the door to announce their candidacy, leaving Brady Pendleton and Mary Beach McGuire to face off for the spot on Nov. 6.

Pendleton and McGuire are both longtime residents of Stephenville. Both are graduates of Stephenville High School. And both have law degrees.

Pendleton, 27, is an attorney with a law firm in Dublin and plans to open another office in Stephenville in the next 30 days.

This is Pendleton's first time to run for office - and said his campaign will focus on three things.

"My campaign slogan is: 'Let's grow, get lean, keep safe,'" Pendleton said Thursday. "I think it's important to recognize that we've had a steady population increase and have done a good job preparing for the growth, but there are things we can do better."

Pendleton said he wants to work to attract and retain business, forge a stronger partnership with Tarleton State University, stay fiscally conservative and make sure emergency personnel and police have the training and resources they need to keep doing their jobs well.

McGuire, 33, is the children's program director at First United Methodist Church.

This is her third time to run for a spot on the council.

"If elected, I will work to make Stephenville friendly to new industry in order to bring in new jobs and fight to maintain the fiscal conservativeness that has kept the city comfortable in the hard times all while preserving that small hometown feel that Stephenville is known and loved for," McGuire said Thursday.

Place 5 was left vacant after Alan Nash stepped down following his appointment as district attorney. The election will fill the remainder of Nash's term, which expires in May.

Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 22.