A couple of last minute filings on Friday have shaken up the race for school board following the announcement in January that incumbents Ed Dittfurth, Place 7, and Cole Parks, Place 6, would not seek another term.

On Friday, longtime Stephenville resident Matt Miller filed to run for Place 7, taking on local fitness trainer Donny Hill.

“I love Stephenville and I love raising my family here,” Miller told the E-T. “I am at a place in my life and career where it’s time to give back.” 

Miller, 38, is a financial advisor with Edward Jones. He and his wife Cindy, who works at Hook Elementary, have two daughters.

Their youngest will start school this fall. 

Miller has served on the Stephenville Education Foundation for several years and currently serves as the board’s president. 

“Serving on that board is what has fueled my passion for progression in education and making a difference in the lives of local youth,” Miller said. “I don’t really have an agenda. As a school board member we are to be responsible to follow through on the values, beliefs and priorities of our community. Seeing students succeed is important to me.” 

Miller graduated from Stephenville High School in 1999 and Tarleton State University in 2003 with a degree in business administration. 

Phyllis Stewart is also giving it another go.

Stewart ran for school board unsuccessfully last year and is now running for Place 6 against David Tezaguic and Doug McLemore. 

“I am excited to be running for school board and confident I will contribute to the betterment of our children, teachers and taxpayers,” Stewart said. “Last year’s bid was an enlightening experience and I appreciate the continued encouragement from my supporters to run again.”  

Stewart is the president of Cross Timbers Republican Women.