Stephenville residents Ricky Thurman, Dr. Moumin Quazi and Nick Robinson wasted no time announcing their bid to run for city council. The men filed paperwork at City Hall Wednesday morning, the first day to officially file for a spot on the May 4 ballot.

The E-T spoke with each of them about their plans and why they are running for office. Here is what they had to say.

Ricky Thurman

Thurman, 36, is running for place 5, currently held by Rhett Harrison, who has not responded to the E-T’s question about his plans for reelection.

“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. “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.”

Dr. Moumin Quazi

Quazi, 56, has filed for place 7, currently held by Sherry Zachery, who has also not responded to two requests for comment on her reelection plans.

Quazi has lived in Stephenville for 14 years and is an English professor at Tarleton State University. 

He earned his PhD at the University of North Texas and has a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is also the chairman of the city’s Board of Adjustment and a member of the Rotary Club. 

“I think it’s disingenuous for some of the current council members to call themselves ‘conservative,’ then make fiscally irresponsible choices,” he said. “I’ll bring a sense of fiscal conservatism that is real, along with a sense of empathy.”  

Quazi describes his leadership style as “tough-minded, but kind-hearted.”

“I will be consistent, voting my values and the values of my fellow Stephenville citizens who want progress without hypocrisy,” he said. “There is a need for forward-thinking people on the council. Some on the council want it to be 1950 again, but it’s 2019 and time to move ahead.” 

Nick Robinson

Robinson, 37, is running for place 3, vacated last year by Doug Svien who became mayor.

He has lived in Stephenville for the past 13 years working as the general manager of Danny’s Flooring and Interiors.

“For nearly three years now I have served the citizens as a commissioner on the Planning and Zoning Commission where I have learned a great deal about the processes of city government,” Robinson said. “I am seeking this office because I have a serving heart and feel I can make a lasting impact on our community.”

Robinson is also a member of the Kiwanis Club and sits on the board of directors of Meals on Wheels of Erath County.