By RUSSELL HUFFMAN
STEPHENVILLE (May 18, 2016) – The makeup of the Stephenville City Council saw some changes Tuesday night following a canvas of votes that confirmed the May 7 election of Carla Trussell, Brady Pendleton and the re-elections of Mayor Kenny Weldon and Councilman Alan Nix.
“Together we can and together we will,” Mayor Weldon said as he expressed his hopes for a council that will work together in serving Stephenville.
The council also paid tribute to the service of Mayor Pro Tem Russ McDanel who lost a bid for Place 2 after leaving his seat on Place 4. Brady Pendleton then filled the seat having run unopposed as did Weldon and Nix. Jerry Warren (Place 8) was re-elected without opposition after Boyd Waggoner suspended his campaign.
McDanel was gracious in congratulating Trussell on her victory and thanked his campaign workers and focused further gratitude on city staff and workers. McDanel plans on spending more time fishing and focusing on family which now includes his new grandson, Everett.
After taking her new seat in Place 2 in council chambers Trussell thanked her family, campaign staff and her husband, whom she joked had “missed a few meals” during her campaign. Waggoner is leaving his seat after a single term after running for office because Stephenville didn’t have an economic development corporation. During his tenure he was active in bringing about the Stephenville Economic Development Authority (SEDA) and Waggoner hopes to provide more initiatives in the private sector.
Pendleton joked he ran for office so Fire Chief Jimmy Chew would take him to a golf tournament before focusing on his desire to serve Stephenville with efficiency and effectiveness. Nix thanked McDanel and Waggoner for their service on the council and saying it was a privilege having worked with both men. He also joked that being on the council was going to be an experience Trussell had not anticipated, but also a highly rewarding one.
Weldon focused on the elections being an example of people coming and working together when they set aside their differences toward a common goal. Warren was unable to attend due to an illness.