Last minute filings for a place on the May 9 ballot left only one uncontested seat in the races for Stephenville City Council and Stephenville ISD board of trustees.
Until Monday, Joe Cude remained the sole candidate vying to replace Pat Shelbourne in Place 1 of the Stephenville City Council. A last minute hopeful, Jared Crow, a Fort Worth native who has resided in the city for almost four years, stepped up to face off with Cude.
Crow, 26, is a graduate of Tarleton State University with a degree in Business Management who works as a bartender at the Bull Nettle Bar & Grill.
When asked why he stepped up to challenge Cude, Crow said it wasn’t about his opponent, but a chance to contribute to city government. He also said that his current employment helps him keep informed on citizens’ views on city politics.
“I listen to people all day,” Crow said. “They come in and read the newspaper and they question why the current council has handled issues in one way or another. I hear their complaints and concerns.”
Crow said as he keeps his finger on the pulse of the city through his job, he feels confident he can “throw helpful, useful ideas out there” for the council to consider.
Vying for another city council seat is incumbent Don Zelman, Place 3, who was elected in November to fill the unexpired term of current Mayor Nancy Hunter. Zelman is being challenged by four time council hopeful Virginia Abel.
In Place 5, incumbent Alan Nash has filed to keep his seat and Elizabeth Baxter has challenged the two-term councilman ready to serve his third.
In Place 7, incumbent Mark Murphy has filed to keep his seat but Martha Cashon is also hoping to steal his seat on the council.
In another last minute filing for a place on the ballot, Stephenville High School graduate and former Yellow Jacket varsity football player Andrew Hansen, 23, applied to run against Gary Sult for Place 1 on the Stephenville Independent School District board of trustees.
Hansen moved back to Erath County after obtaining his business management degree from Howard Payne University. He currently works in a family-run investment and property management business.
Hansen said his motivation for running for school board comes from the desire to keep SISD a “conservative” district. He praised district administration and called Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd a “blessing.”
“I support Dr. Floyd fully,” Hansen said.
Incumbent Toby Mills, Place 2, remains the only uncontested candidate in the school board race.
In Place 3, former Stephenville City Council member Todd McEvoy filed to replace current board member Susan Hutchins, who chose not to run for reelection. Shortly thereafter, Doug Svien stepped up to challenge McEvoy.
With candidates stepping up to do their part, the rest is in the hands of area voters. With Election Day now only two months away, time is running out for citizens to register to vote - registration deadline is Thursday, April 9.
Early voting will be held Monday, April 27 through Tuesday, May 5 at the Erath County Courthouse. Election Day will be Saturday, May 9.