Mayoral candidate Calvin Duane Sweet pulled out of the Kempner race two days ago, said Frances Spinney, the Kempner city secretary. Dropping out because of a new work conflict, Spinney said Sweet took a job that will take him out of the area too many times too feasibly hold the mayor's office.

Longtime Kempner Mayor Gene Isenhour will not be running for re-election. Serving as mayor for 15 years, he has held the position since 1999. His term ends in May.

Filing is open until Feb. 28 for the May 10 election.

Contact Courtney Griffin at cgriffin@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7559

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