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Longtime Texas mayor to retire after decades in City Hall

2 years 8 months 4 weeks ago Sunday, January 20 2019 Jan 20, 2019 January 20, 2019 11:26 AM January 20, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

EDNA, Texas (AP) - The longtime mayor of a small town in South Texas is stepping down after almost 40 years in city politics.

The Victoria Advocate reports that Edna Mayor Joe Hermes recently announced that he won't be seeking re-election in May. The 75-year-old was first elected mayor in 1987, after spending several years on the City Council.

The retiring mayor says he plans to stay involved in the community, but he's leaving his public service career to spend time with his family. Hermes also plans to sell his accounting business.

Hermes says that under his stewardship the city built three parks, moved City Hall and navigated through economically difficult times. Hermes says his time hasn't been perfect but he hopes he is leaving the town a little better.

Information from: The Victoria Advocate, http://www.victoriaadvocate.com

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