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'The time is right to take on this challenge.’ David Baskett files for Stephenville City Council.

David Baskett is pictured with city secretary Staci King on Thursday at City Hall.

David Baskett said serving on the Stephenville City Council has been something he has wanted to do for years, and on Thursday, he took a big step in that direction.

Baskett filed to run for place 6, currently held by Alan Nix, who is reportedly not seeking another term.

“I think the time is right to take on this challenge and work to keep the city moving in a positive direction,” Baskett told Beneath the Surface News. “The city council has done a great job over the past couple of years and I want to help keep the momentum going.”

Baskett grew up in Stephenville and is now the divisional sales manager at The Prestige Team Mortgage.

The last day to file for a place on the May 7 ballot is Friday.

City councilman Brandon Huckabee has also decided not to seek another term while he focuses on his bid for Erath County judge.

Former city councilman Mark McClinton has filed to run for Huckabee’s place.

Stephenville Mayor Doug Svien and councilmen Justin Haschke and Brady Pendleton are also up for re-election. Svien and Haschke have both filed for another term, Pendleton has not.


Two key members of the Stephenville ISD board of trustees – Dr. Ann Calahan and Dr. Ed Dittfurth – will not seek re-election.

Luke Sims and Amauri Martinez have both filed to run for place 4, currently held by Calahan who also serves as the board’s president.

Matt Miller is so far the only candidate running for place 5, currently held by Dittfurth.


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