Cheri Bustos has resigned from the East Moline City Council to focus on running for Congress, and Mayor John Thodos said he would come up with a recommendation to fill her 4th Ward seat within 30 days.
Shortly after announcing her resignation Wednesday morning, Ms. Bustos said she will miss being a part of the city council. "It's been an honor. I think public service is an honor."
Ms. Bustos first was sworn in as 4th Ward alderman in May 2007, and was in her second term.
She announced in mid-July that she would seek the 17th Congressional seat currently held by Republican Bobby Schilling. Ms. Bustos is one of six Democrats seeking the party's nomination in next year's primary.
Originally, Ms. Bustos said she thought she would be able to campaign and serve on the city council, but then realized it would be best to resign from the council because of the time she has to spend on the campaign.
"I go into anything with the intention of doing well. I plan to win the race," she said.
Ms. Bustos informed department heads and other elected officials of her resignation Tuesday night.
On June 30, she resigned as vice president of public relations and communications for Iowa Health Systems to focus on campaigning. She had held that position since Jan. 2008, and began working for Trinity in Octobe 2001.
Before that, she worked as a journalist for 17 years.
Ms. Bustos said some things she's proud of from her time on the council include the proposed Community Health Care center that will be built in her ward next year, curbside recycling, and city infrastructure improvements.
Mayor John Thodos said he'll recommend a replacement for Ms. Bustos on the city council within the next 30 days.
That person will have to be a Democrat since Ms. Bustos was elected as a Democrat, he said, adding that any interested 4th Ward resident should send him a letter of interest that includes their qualifications.
The selected person will fill the seat until the 2013 municipal election, when they could seek election by the voters.