Patrick Dowd's resignation from Pittsburgh City Council (allowing him to take charge of an education nonprofit) will take effect at 8 p.m. tonight. Delaying the move (announced last month) will trigger a special election in November to fill the two years left on his District 7 term. We'll have more on candidates and how/when party committees make their endorsements when available.
UPDATE: An oft-mentioned possible candidate -- Lauren Byrne, the executive director of Lawrenceville United -- says she will not run for the seat. "I was humbled by the support that people offered to me and the encouragement from many that I received to run, but I am really enjoying my work in Lawrenceville and really excited about the projects we currently have underway," she said.
The text of his resignation letter is below:
Dear Council President Harris,
Effective at 8:00pm tonight, July 10, 2013, I hereby resign my office as a member of City Council representing the people of District 7 and the City of Pittsburgh. Resigning at that hour affords me the opportunity to attend Council-to-Go and meet with constituents one last time.
My office team and I have worked tirelessly to serve the residents. We have solved a myriad of problem both large and small. We have reported back to our neighbors with annual and monthly newsletters. Fundamentally, we understood that representation is service first.
As a member of Council, as well as a Council representative on boards such as the Carnegie Library and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, I have worked with others to tackle some of the City's most intractable problems and to improve our public assets. Some of this has been very controversial, but the improvements have increased the quality of life in our City.
In my new role as the inaugural executive director of Allies for Children I will be advocating for the children and youth of the Pittsburgh region. Although I am leaving elected office I will continue to serve the public, this time with a singular focus on our youngest citizens and their futures.
I am genuinely grateful to the residents of Pittsburgh for the honor of representing and serving them.