A mere three days after Stephenville voters elected them to serve on the city council, Mark Murphy and Pat Shelbourne will be sworn in tonight.

Murphy, who was elected to a second term, applauded his two primary opponents in the race for Place 7 - Robert Burns and Virginia Abel - for running “fine and positive campaigns.”

“I wish it were possible for all of us to serve as council members, but I encourage them to consider serving on city committees or in other ways,” Murphys said.

Murphy also thanked the citizens for “encouraging me and trusting me with their votes.”

“I will continue to do the best I can for them to make Stephenville an even better place to live,” Murphy said.

Shelbourne, during comments immediately after the results came in Saturday night, was equally as appreciative of his opponent, Place 1 incumbent Cyndi Godwn, and of Stephenville residents.

In the Place 7 race, Murphy claimed 52 percent of the vote, compared to 38 percent for Burns, 7 percent of Abel and 3 percent of D. Ray Elder, who dropped out of the race but remained on the ballot, complete for unofficial returns showed.

In the Place 1 race, Shelbourne captured 65 percent of the vote, compared to 35 percent for Godwin, who will be recognized as an “outgoing council member” after election results are canvassed and before Shelbourne and Murphy receive their oaths of office.

Also tonight, the council - during its regular meeting which is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall - will offer a “moment of silence” as part of recognition of National Police Week and National Peace Officer Memorial Day.

It also will consider approval of Ordinance No. 2007-09 to rezone from I “Industrial District” to B-5 “Restaurant—Alcoholic Beverage Service District,” Space #34, Lot 8, Block A, FMC Technologies Addition, and approval of Ordinance No. 2007-10 to abandon and close “certain streets” and convey same to Tarleton State University.

DOUG MYERS is Managing Editor of the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at doug.myers@empiretribune.come or (254) 965-3124, ext. 229.