Buckeye City Council has an opening.
According to Annie DeChance, a spokeswoman for the city, “Eric Orsborn has resigned from his council District 6 position effective immediately.”
Orsborn submitted his signatures and paperwork to file as a candidate for Buckeye mayor. (Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck previously told the West Valley View he is not running for re-election.)
“I am required to resign from council to run for mayor,” Orsborn told the West Valley View.
“I wish it was not a requirement, however, because I am in the middle of a four-year term and not at the end I am required to step down.”
Orsborn was the only one to file as a candidate for Buckeye mayor.
Tony Youngker and Jeanine Guy filed for re-election for council seats 1 and 2.
Tedy Burton and Deanna French filed statements of interest for council positions. French said she was not able to get enough signatures, due to COVID-19.
Buckeye City Council will fill the seat Orsborn left vacant.
“We do not have direction from council yet as to how they wish to proceed with filling the vacancy,” DeChance said, noting council had not met since Orsborn’s April 2 resignation.
Orsborn’s term as District 6 councilman runs for two more years. He was reelected in 2018 to a third four-year term.
According to the Buckeye City Code of Ordinances, “The council shall fill a vacancy that may occur by appointment until the next regularly scheduled council election if the vacancy occurs more than 30 days before the nomination petition deadline, otherwise the appointment is for the unexpired term.”