City Councilor Joel Miller announced his resignation from City Council Monday morning, effective at the end of the afternoon Council work session. Concurrently, he announced that he’ll run for mayor in next April’s city election.
Miller, who took office 19 months ago, said that multiple frustrations in office contributed to his decision.
“The same old political aristocracy (runs things),” he noted. “I ran to serve all the people, not just a few.”
A fierce opponent of the funding structure of the proposed downtown stadium/events center, he said that, if elected, that he would be the voice of the people who share his views. He also vowed not to be a single-issue candidate, saying that he would make a formal announcement of his candidacy and his complete platform early in the New Year.
Miller also blasted Council president Keith King for derailing a charter amendment that he had authored, mandating a public vote on funding for the stadium/events center.
“King’s charter amendment will still allow $200 million in public funding without a vote,” he asserted.
His early resignation from Council sets up an interesting dynamic. The City Charter’s language is clear.
“If a vacancy occurs in the office of a Councilmember more than sixty (60) days prior to the next general municipal election, the Council shall appoint an eligible person to fill such vacancy within thirty (30) days of the date of vacancy until the next general municipal election. Any appointed Councilmember shall be subject to the provisions of recall set forth herein. If a vacancy occurs in the office of a Councilmember within sixty (60) days of a general municipal election, such vacancy shall be filled at the next general municipal election. Any vacancy filled by election shall be for the unexpired term.”
By Christmas, Council will have to appoint “an eligible person” to fill Miller’s unexpired term.