Although two seats on the Stephenville Independent School District board of trustees will be featured on the May 10 city election ballot, only one race will be contested.
Shortly before Monday’s filing deadline, Doug McLemore signed up to run for Place 7, challenging incumbent Dr. Ruth Ann Stephens.
Dr. Stephens was elected to the school board in May 2002 after beating incumbent Brad Allen. She is seeking her third term.
Attempts to reach Dr. Stephens Tuesday for comment about her re-election effort were unsuccessful.
McLemore said he has been considering a run for the school board for a while and believes now is the time.
“I think the (current) board has done a good job,” McLemore said. “I don’t have an ax to grind or an agenda. I just believe I have a lot to offer in terms of business experience.”
McLemore is a financial advisor for BMY Financial Services, Inc. His wife, Emily, is a high school teacher and they have one child in the school system.
“The quality of our school system is important to our quality of life and our future,” McLemore said. “I believe we have to always be willing to evaluate how we do things and why we do things in order to provide a great education for all of our children.”
Rusty Jergins is running unopposed for Place 6, which is being vacated by Dr. Joe Gillespie.