NOT RUNNING: Mayor announces he won’t seek re-election


Port Isabel-South Padre Press

Port Isabel Mayor Joe E. Vega announced he would not seek another term during the City’s elections this May. The mayor made the announcement at the end of his annual State of the City address during Breakfast with the Mayor, hosted by the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce.

“After consulting with my wife, and giving it much thought, I’ve decided that I’m going to take a break from public office and concentrate on my family, and on my job and on my health,” Vega said. “I love serving my community. I’ve been serving the City for 16 years — eight years as a city commissioner, eight years as a mayor of this City,” he said.

Vega began his address by highlighting some of the positives the City accomplished in 2015. “I’m happy to say that the state of the City is good and it’s getting better. This year, we were able to balance the budget. Along with balancing the budget, we were able to give raises,” he said.

While generous in offering praise for the completion of several key projects, such as the Arturo Galvan Park and the opening of the Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center, the mayor also lambasted the City Commission several times for lacking vision, citing numerous projects which have been halted or delayed over the past year.

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