UPDATED: Congress resigns from Demopolis City Council

Published 9:05 pm Thursday, January 10, 2013

Demopolis City Councilman Mitchell Congress, who represents District 2, has resigned.

Congress submitted his letter of resignation to Mayor Mike Grayson on Wednesday. He cited health reasons as the deciding factor to resign.

“My cardiologist insisted I resign,” Congress said. “My family history is not good in the cardiac area.”

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Congress thanked those who have supported him over the years.

“I’m humbled by the support I received in my district and from all the people in Demopolis,” Congress said. “When my health is better, I’m sure there’s something I can do to help the city I love.”

Congress said he’s leaving public office likely for good though.

Mayor Grayson said the next step in the process would be for the council to declare the vacancy in the Jan. 17 council meeting. The council then has 60 days to choose someone to fill the vacancy. If the council is unable to come up with a decision after 60 days, the decision will then go to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.

The governor then has 60 days to appoint someone. If a decision is still not reached, there will then be a special election.

Congress was headed into his second consecutive term representing District 2 after recently being re-elected back in August.