Candidate for Stephenville City Council says he hopes to improve community services programs, SPARD.

Updated: Feb 13


Daron and Hillary Trussell

By SARA VANDEN BERGE


Election filing for Stephenville City Council is in full swing and one political newcomer has filed to run for place 3.


“This is something I have always wanted to do, since I moved home in 2007,” Daron Trussell told Beneath the Surface News. “After working for several cities in the DFW area and being heavily involved with the city of Grapevine, I learned the importance of being an engaged member of the community.”

The 41-year-old director of recreation at Tarleton State University has been involved with Keep Stephenville Beautiful for more than 10 years and has served on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and several other local committees.


“With my background in campus recreation and municipal parks and recreation, I have a great passion for our parks and community services programs in Stephenville,” Trussell said. “I believe that since the departure of Drew Wells, who I have a lot of respect for in the field, the city of Stephenville has been inconsistent in its leadership in this area.


“We have not had continuity in staffing and that has impacted our programming and community relationships. I hope to focus a lot of time and energy in making these programs something that we can all be proud of. I believe with new leadership at SPARD it’s a great time to focus on positive change.”


Trussell also says he has concerns with the possibility of a bond election.


“I have concerns about the timing of this on, hopefully, the tail end of a global pandemic that has negatively affected so many people in our community,” he said. “I think we need to spend more time planning for this and really consider how crucial the timing of this bond will be to its success.”

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Trussell is running for place 3, currently held by Nick Robinson who has announced that he will not seek another term.


Councilmen Ricky Thurman (place 5) and Gerald Cook (place 7) have both filed for re-election.


Councilman Mark McClinton has not yet announced his plans on whether he will run for place 1 again.


Filing ends Feb. 12 and the last day to register to vote is April 1.


Early voting will take place from April 19-27.

Election Day is Saturday, May 1.

An application for a place on the ballot can be found here.