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Fort Bend small town Weston Lakes swears in mayor for second term after canceled election

The mayor and two city council members were running unopposed, so council voted to cancel the election to save money.

Weston Lake Mayor Bob Wall being sworn in for a second term.
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Weston Lake Mayor Bob Wall being sworn in for a second term.

Weston Lakes, a small town just west of Fulshear southwest of Houston, swore in its mayor for a second term this week after canceling its November election earlier this year.

Mayor Bob Wall's term was set to come to an end this year. But he and two city council members were sworn in Tuesday, despite the fact the city did not hold an election earlier this month.

All three candidates were unopposed. As a result, the city council voted not to hold a November election because of the cost.

"We let the county run elections for us and so it saved us close to $10,000," Mayor Wall said.

Council members Linda Harnist and Bill Ragle were also sworn in for another term Tuesday.

Weston Lakes was established after residents voted to become a city in 2008. Residents voted to become a city because they did not want to be annexed by the city of Fulshear, according to news reports at the time.

The city has a population of about 4,000 people. It mainly consists of a gated community with about 1,400 sites for homes, but also includes some agricultural land and farm homes.

Wall said the city doesn't own any property and that most of the land is owned by the property owner's association.

"We're the voice outside the gate while our property owners' association is a voice inside the gate," he said. "That's really our purpose."