Only one of the five members of the Stephenville City Council up for re-election in May has declined to inform voters about his plans for another term.
Alan Nix told the E-T several weeks ago that he has not decided if he will seek re-election. The E-T has called Nix twice in recent days for an update on his decision, but has not received a call back.
Meanwhile, longtime Stephenville resident Justin Haschke has announced his candidacy for city council.
Haschke, 35, is the owner and wealth advisor of BMY Wealth Management Group. He filed Friday for place 2 currently held by Carla Trussell, who announced she will not seek re-election.
“I want to help continue the growth that I’ve seen the last couple years from an economic and infrastructure standpoint,” Haschke said Monday. “And I want to serve the community in a different way than I have in the past.”
Haschke grew up in Stephenville and graduated from SHS in 2002 and Tarleton State University in 2008 with a dual major in accounting and interdisciplinary business.
He and his wife Mikah have three children.
Trussell says she fully endorses Haschke.
“It is a pleasure to support Justin Haschke for city council,” Trussell told the E-T. “I had hoped the person filing for my place would have deep roots in the community because I know a Stephenville native would have a love and appreciation of our historic buildings.
“We have voted to join the Texas Main Street program and are in the process of hiring a manager for that program. As we work toward the revitalization of our downtown, I know Justin will share that vision of what our downtown can be.”
Mayor Doug Svien and council members Brady Pendleton and Brandon Huckabee have filed for re-election.
The deadline to file for a place on the May 2 ballot is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.