On the last day to file for a spot on the May 6 ballot, Nick Robinson filed to run for place 1 on the Stephenville City Council, currently held by Mark McClinton.

Robinson, 35, has lived in Stephenville for 10 years and said this is his first run for political office.

“I have served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for about a year,” he said. “I have been keeping up with local politics for a while now and either attending the city council meetings or watching them on TV. I think now is the time to step up and serve the citizens.”

Robinson said there are several big issues facing the city, namely the east side sewer project and proposed multi-purpose facility.

“I’m not opposed to a small civic center, but I do want the citizens to have a say in it,” Robinson said. “I want to be a voice for the citizens and put control back in their hands.”

Robinson and his wife Lauren have three children - Caleb, 10, Emma, 5, and Alexander, six months.

He is the general manager at Danny’s Flooring and Interiors, a member of Timber Ridge Church and volunteer for Meals on Wheels of Erath County.

“I consider myself to be a conservative with an emphasis on being fiscally conservative and plan to apply this to my voting,” he said.  

Walter Wood, the city’s former finance director, also filed Friday for place 5, challenging incumbent Rhett Harrison. A call to Wood on Monday for comment about his candidacy was not returned.

The May 6 ballot for city council is full with all incumbents up for re-election facing an opponent.

David Baskett will challenge Sherry Zachery for place 7 and Mandy McGee will face off against Doug Svien for place 3.