City of Goodyear, Arizona
For Immediate Release: Nov. 17, 2010
Goodyear Vice Mayor resigns to run
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (Nov. 17, 2010) Goodyear Vice Mayor Georgia Lord announced this afternoon that she intends to run for the mayoral seat vacated Monday by former Mayor James Cavanaugh. However, Arizona state law requires that elected officials must resign any currently held position in order to run for other public office.
In compliance with Arizona's "resign-to-run" law, Lord submitted her resignation from the City Council and her position as Vice Mayor, effective as of 4:30 p.m. today.
The Goodyear City Council met in special session this morning, and unanimously voted to recognize and accept the resignation of James Cavanaugh from his position as Mayor, and authorized a special election on March 8, 2011, to fill the vacancy. Cavanaugh sent an email to city officials on Sunday, Nov. 14, notifying them of his resignation, effective as of 8 a.m., Monday, Nov. 15.
Pursuant to the City Charter, Vice Mayor Lord assumed the responsibilities and duties of Mayor.
With Lord's resignation, however, the council must now meet again to designate a vice mayor to fill the vacancy left by her resignation, until voters choose a new mayor in the spring. The council will also take steps to appoint an individual to the council to temporarily fill the vacated council seat until the election this spring.
A special meeting of the Council will be held at 5 p.m., Thursday, November 18, 2010, at the Goodyear Justice Center, 185 N. 145th Ave., Goodyear. The above issues will be addressed at that time.
A primary election for three open council seats is currently scheduled for March 8, 2011. By adding the mayoral election to the March 8 ballot, the City can avoid incurring additional expenses for a special election.
Additional details will be announced as they become available.