Another Madison Common Council member announces resignation

Ald. Matt Phair, District 20, announced he would not seek re-election to the city council in order to spend more time with his family.

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Madison Common Council member Mark Clear, District 19, announced his resignation Wednesday evening, the second member in three weeks to do so.

In a letter to his constituents, Ald. Clear announced he had accepted a new job that would not allow him enough time to continue serving in his position. He will remain an alderman until August 8, unless a replacement is named sooner.

Clear was elected to the Council in 2007, serving as council vice president from 2008-2010 and as council president for the 2010-2011 year.

Clear’s resignation comes 20 days after Ald. Denise DeMarb, District 16, announced her intent to step down by the end of June. Before DeMarb, the last resignation from the Common Council came in early 2016.

The Common Council Executive Committee will review applications for both vacancies and recommend candidates for interim alders. The committee is currently accepting applications for DeMarb’s seat. No statement has been made by the city regarding Ald. Clear’s resignation. 

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