City Hall was booming Wednesday.
Candidates vying for a seat on the Stephenville City Council lined up to file applications for a spot on the May ballot.
On Wednesday, the first official day to file, three candidates signed up to run for Place 7, vacated last year by former council member Martha Taylor. Former Stephenville mayor Rusty Jergins, Boyd Waggoner and Justin Allison all filed for the open seat.
Mayor Kenny Weldon and councilmen Malcolm Cross, Place 2, Russ McDanel, Place 4, and Alan Nix, Place 6, all filed for re-election.
Jerry Warren filed to run for Place 8, currently held by Scott Evans.
Jergins, 51, served on the council from 1998-2004 then as mayor from 2004-2008, when he decided not to seek another term. Since then the vice president for student life at Tarleton State University served a stint on the Stephenville ISD board of trustees and says local politics is something he misses.
"I have a desire to be involved and give back to this community," Jergins said. "I think I can use my experience and knowledge to do that."
Waggoner, 78, is a longtime Stephenville resident and attorney who has been active in local politics for many years. He says part of the reason he decided to run is to support Mayor Weldon. He also said local politics is "floundering."
"After (the mayor) was elected, I started going to some city council meetings, and it appeared to me that the major issues that were likely to improve the lives of the citizens of Stephenville were losing on 5 to 4 votes, and it was almost always the same 5 to 4 people. A couple of the votes that I thought fell into this category were the vote against bringing in an economic development person, the vote to increase property taxes, and the vote against hiring an outside person to help evaluate our approximate $2,000,000 annual city payroll," Waggoner said. "I am not saying those 4 naysayers are bad people. I just disagree with their votes, and in this country our governmental changes are made by votes. I felt like a change in one person on city council would change those 5 to 4 losses to 5 to 4 wins."
Allison, 27, listed his occupation as a "quote service specialist."
According to his application, he has lived in Stephenville for a little more than three years. He did not return a call for comment.
Warren, 79, is retired and has lived in the city for nearly 24 years. He has also served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the past nine years, but said he will now resign.
When asked why he filed to run for city council, Warren kept his answer short and sweet.
"For a better Stephenville," he said.