Longtime Stephenville resident Alan Nix has jumped into the race for city council, announcing his intent to run for Place 6, currently occupied by Todd McEvoy.

Nix, a machinist for Nix Manufacturing, served two terms on the Stepheville City Council in the mid-1990s. He was defeated while seeking his third term.

“I always enjoyed serving on the council, and I’ve missed it,” Nix said. “I thought now would be a good time to get back into it.”

During his previous stint on the council, Nix chaired the Finance and Personnel Committees and served on the Water Planning Committee.

“I was on the Personnel Committee at the time (city secretary) Cindy Stafford was hired,” Nix said.

Nix said many of the projects the current council is working on are the same ones he dealt with as a councilman.

“Projects like the senior center and the library are not new,” he said. “They just continue to hang around.”

Nix said he believes his business experience and community involvement will make him a good council member.

Nix and his wife, Jan, have been married for more than 32 years. The couple has two daughters and two grandchildren.

Meanwhile, McEvoy announced he will not seek re-election to Place 6. Nix is the only candidate currently running for the seat.

Citing personal reasons behind his decision, McEvoy said Wednesday that he is ready to focus on other things in his life - like family and career.

“I think this council has done a lot of great things during the past four years and I think Stephenville is on the verge of a lot of growth,” McEvoy said. “At this point in my life, I just don’t have the drive it would take to continue serving on the council.”

McEvoy was first elected to the council in 2004 after beating Bea Marin. In 2006, he was challenged, but defeated Russ McDanel. For the past three years McEvoy has also served as mayor pro-tem.

He said the decision not to seek re-election was tough, but said he hopes to serve again in the future.

“I plan on running again sometime in the future,” McEvoy said. “I’ll be back - I promise you that.”