Canyon County

After 20 years, Kren announces he won’t seek re-election to Nampa council

Nampa City Council member Stephen Kren announced Monday he will not seek election for a sixth term in November.

“I’ve given it a lot of consideration,” Kren said in a written release from the city of Nampa. “It’s time for a new direction in my life, and this now gives me the opportunity to spend time with my family and grandchildren, fish (a) little more and do some traveling that I haven’t been able to do.”

Kren, who has spent nearly 20 years on Seat 2 of the council, said he wanted to announce his decision early to give other potential candidates plenty of time to decide whether to run.

Candidates can file petitions to run Aug. 24 through Sept. 4.

Seats 4 and 6 will also be up for election in November.

David Bills, who was appointed in January 2014 to fill the seat vacated by Bob Henry when Henry was elected mayor, represents Seat 4. Bruce Skaug was elected to Seat 6 in November 2013.

Neither Bills nor Skaug have announced whether they will seek re-election.

Kren, a retired electrical contractor who serves as council president, said the past 20 years have been very rewarding and he is grateful for all the friendships he has made with the city employees and city council members.

During Kren’s time on the council, the city’s population grew from 55,000 to 89,000 and the council expanded from four positions to six. He served with four mayors and 12 council members since he was first elected in 1995.

“I’ve dealt with everything from annexations and road work to potbellied pigs and horses and everything in-between,” Kren said, adding that he likes the direction the city is headed.

“I’ve appreciated Steve’s city government experience, especially since being elected to the council in 2011 and mayor in 2013,” Henry said in the release. “Steve has been a conservative stalwart on the city council, even when it wasn’t popular, and understands the need to consider the impact on taxpayers.”