A long-time Stephenville resident has jumped into the race for city council.

Mary Beach-McGuire has filed to run for place 3, currently held by Don Zelman who announced that he will not seek another term. She will face Joe Bramblett, another newcomer to city politics, in the May election.

McGuire grew up in Stephenville and graduated from Stephenville High School in 1997.

She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Rio Grande in Ohio and a law degree from Ohio Northern University. She recently took the bar exam and while she waits on the results, is enjoying time at home with her two children.

In 2009, she and her husband left Ohio to come back to her hometown.

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

McGuire said that after months of considering a run for city council, she chose place 3 after learning Zelman would not seek another term.

"I love what Mr. Zelman has done and I would like to follow suit," she said.

Like Zelman, McGuire said she is in favor of finding a cost-effective option for recycling.

Incumbents Alan Nash, place 5, and Joe Cude, place 1, have filed for re-election but have not drawn an opponent so far.

Martha Taylor, place 7, is being challenged by Colby Lloyd.

The last day to file for a spot on the ballot is Monday, March 14.