KEMPNER — Seats for two City Council members and the mayor will not be decided in a municipal election May 10 because none of the races are contested.

Incumbent council members Paul Cook and Melba Vandeveer filed for re-election, but Mayor Gene Isenhour decided not to seek another term.

The council canceled the election last month when it approved a certificate of unopposed candidates. Cook and Vandeveer were declared elected with the certification.

On May 13, the council will meet to declare Isenhour’s post vacant and determine how to fill the seat.

After more than nine years as mayor, five years as a member of the council and more than 20 years with the Kempner Volunteer Fire Department, including 15 years as chief, Isenhour said he is ready to go fishing.

“It is time to let someone else do it for a while,” Isenhour said in a phone interview. “I plan to do more of what I am doing right now. I am at Lake Texoma, fishing.”

He said he and his wife plan to enjoy retirement and look forward to the arrival of their first grandchild in October.

Isenhour said Kempner has come a long way since it was incorporated in 1997. “We had a really good staff and council,” he said. “It has been a group effort. We worked together to build good relationships and tried to keep the tax rate down.”

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