A familiar face will rejoin the Stephenville city council.

Don Zelman, a professor at Tarleton State University who served as a councilman in the 1990s, was re-elected Tuesday to place 3 after garnering an estimated 42 percent of the vote.

I want to thank my supporters for voting for me, Zelman said, after learning the results. I also want to congratulate my opponents for keeping the contest on a friendly and informal basis. Now, I look forward to working with my fellow council members to guide Stephenville in a progressive direction, while keeping in mind that we are navigating through uncertain economic times.

The election was needed to fill the unexpired term of place 3, which was vacated in May when Nancy Hunter was elected mayor. The term will be up for re-election again in May 2009.

Along with Zelman, three others ran for the seat including Martha Cashon, a local attorney (25 percent); Virginia Abel, a substitute teacher (18 percent); and Cyndi Godwin, a former member of the city council who was defeated in her re-election bid in 2007 (14 percent).

Zelman will be sworn into office between eight and 11 days after election night.