By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 at 1:28 pm in Contra Costa politics.
Pinole Councilwoman Mary Horton has resigned after 20 years on the council. Click here to see my colleague Tom Lochner’s story.
As Tom wrote, “Horton’s tenure on the council was “sometimes collegial, sometimes not. She and former Councilwoman Maria Alegria became bitter opponents when Horton backed Laura Canciamilla in the 2006 Democratic primary campaign for state Assembly while Alegria backed Mark DeSaulnier, the eventual winner.In the 2006 council race, Alegria backed newcomer Stephen Tilton over Horton, who barely held on to her seat, finishing third behind Tilton in a four-candidate race for three seats.
Horton supported the recall of Alegria and Tilton in 2008 over their friendship with a restaurateur who owed the city money, among other issues.”
The council can choose to appoint someone to fill the remaining year of her term or call a special election. I bet on an appointment given the high cost of special elections.