City Hall played host to a last-minute game of musical chairs Monday morning as two candidates jockeyed to figure out which places they would run for, in the May 10 City Election.
On Friday, Virginia Abel filed to run in Place 8, opposing Scott Evans. By Monday morning, Abel was back at City Hall, this time to withdraw her name from Place 8. She then filed to run for Place 6, opposing Alan Nix.
Abel said she made the change after realizing that she and Scott Evans had been in Lions Club together, saying she didn’t want to “tap into the same pool of supporters.”
As Abel was making her last minute change, Sara Boen came in to file in Place 6, but changed to Place 8 after talking with Abel.
Abel, a substitute teacher, ran against and lost to Mark Murphy last year. Now, she’s ready to try again.
“I just want to be involved,” Abel said. “I want to see Stephenville continue to grow. I’m all for providing incentives for larger companies, like Lowe’s, to come to Stephenville. I have empathy for the smaller businesses, but I think we need to continue to grow.”
Meanwhile, Boen, an account manager for IKON Office Solutions is moving forward in her plan to run against Scott Evans in Place 8.
“I’m focused on improving several of our facilities here, especially our library,” Boen said in an e-mail Monday. “The aquatics center, the senior citizens center, park improvements, and the library are all projects that have been attempted by previous councils and the current council. No one has managed to complete them. I will make it a priority to move forward.”
Boen moved to Stephenville nearly three years ago with her husband, Brandon, a Stephenville Police officer, and her son.
If elected, she said she will focus on bringing new jobs to the area.
“Every day I work with businesses large and small, and I believe strongly that businesses create jobs and jobs create opportunities,” she said. “We have new hotels, new apartment complexes, and new businesses in Stephenville. The university is growing, our school system is growing, and we’re growing. We have to be ready to meet the future. I’ve been involved with city politics in various forms for years and I’m ready for a change.”
Early voting takes place April 28 - May 6.