Ricky Thurman wasted no time filing to run for Stephenville City Council. 

Thurman, 36, filed paperwork at City Hall Wednesday morning - the first day to file for the May 4 city election - to run for place 5. 

The move will challenge incumbent Rhett Harrison who is not saying if he will seek another term.

“I am excited for the opportunity to earn the approval from the citizens of Stephenville to help guide this incredible city through the next two years,” Thurman said in a statement to the E-T. “As a 10-year small business owner who has chosen to raise my family here, a focus on the future of our city will serve as my compass for decision-making.”

Thurman grew up in Jacksboro and moved to Stephenville to attend Tarleton State University, graduating in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Today he is an insurance agent. 

Thurman said he is committed to keeping property taxes low and will focus on economic development. 

“Stephenville is in a critical phase of economic development,” he said. “In 10 years we want to look back and know we did a good job planning for growth and prosperity. With great work of the city council, city staff and Stephenville Economic Development Authority, our tax base is anticipated to grow as a result of planned new development. Utilizing that smart growth by reinvesting into our city’s infrastructure, services and economic development programs will keep Stephenville one of the most desirable places to live in America, and I look forward to being a part of that.”

Thurman and his wife Brittany have three children. 

Thurman said Christin Pack will serve as his campaign treasurer.