By Robert Haugh
Councilwoman Patty Mahan will resign from the Council effective February 1, because of “serious medical issues,” according to a City press release that came out late yesterday.
In the press release, Mayor Lisa Gillmor issued this statement:
“On behalf of the City Council, thank you to Councilmember Mahan for her significant contributions and service to the Santa Clara community. We respect her decision and are thinking of her and her family as they face a very challenging time ahead.”
The Council will declare the Councilmember’s seat vacant at their February 11th meeting.
Mahan’s term expires in December. The Council could appoint someone to serve for the rest of the calendar year.
But the Charter requires that five of the six remaining Councilmembers must agree on her replacement. So it’s more likely that the seat is held open and candidates can run to replace Mahan in November 2020.
Mahan has had multiple medical issues over the last few years, including cancer. She’s missed lots of meetings and has also called into Council meetings from remote locations like Wyoming and Hawaii this year.
We’ll write more about Mahan’s career in the future. But today, we extend our best wishes to her and her family.