It’s been five days and I’m still waiting on a call back from Sherry Zachery, a member of the Stephenville City Council who is up for reelection in May.
I got wind that she might be hosting some type of “conservative gathering” at La Quinta Monday night and a quick call to the hotel confirmed it. When I called to ask her about it she quickly told me she would have to call me back because she was “helping a customer.”
It’s hard to imagine she would answer the phone while taking an order for tacos, but stranger things have happened.
Either way, I’m still waiting on that call.
Ditto for an email I sent her and Rhett Harrison last week asking if they planned to seek another term on the city council.
Crickets there too.
It seems no one wants to talk to me these days (insert wide-eyed emoji).
The race for Stephenville City Council began trotting along Wednesday when Ricky Thurman filed against Harrison and Dr. Moumin Quazi filed against Zachery.
Nick Robinson filed for the vacant place 3 and councilman Mark McClinton has yet to get an opponent despite the fact that he told me he is “undecided” about another term.
Could this game of hide-and-seek get any stranger?
This behavior is a not-so-subtle reminder that elected officials often forget who they work for (that’s you) and that they have an obligation to answer to the public (again, that’s you).
But for some, serving in a position where big decisions are made can lead to a false sense of importance. They become more focused on holding on to their position of power rather than doing the work of their constituents - and part of that responsibility is being honest and accountable to voters.
If city council incumbents don’t want to run for reelection, by all means, step down and let someone else do it.
If they do intend to run, say so.
But all this secrecy is, well, disturbing.
With the city on the cusp of some potentially big development projects, residents deserve to have an enthusiastic, engaged and honest council representing them.
Stop the games.
Sara Vanden Berge is the managing editor of the Empire-Tribune and Glen Rose Reporter. She can be reached at 254-965-3124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.