The Corning City Council members officially accept the resignation of 2nd Ward Councilman, Lee Welles Monday night.
Welles attended her last official meeting Monday, March 7 as the council said goodbye and thanked her for her service to the city.
Welles who has served on city council for eight years, submitted a signed document to the city clerk to notify the board of elections.
She will be serving out the rest of the month and said she’s enjoyed her position and encourages others to consider it as a way to serve their community.
“It’s a wonderful way to serve your community,” said Welles. “You are essentially a board of directors, I’ve enjoyed getting to know the city staff, I’ve learned a lot, I’ve learned about pavement and sewage treatment and all of these things I didn’t know about before. So, if you are a curious person, it’s a lot of fun and I’m going to miss it, I truly am.”
Both the Republican and Democratic Nominees running for the 2nd Ward seat said they’re unfamiliar with the role that they hope to take on but are eager to learn and serve the community they both call home.
Michelle Beckman, the Republican City Council Candidate said she wants to learn more and give back.
“It’s a civic duty,” said Beckman. “It’s something that i’m willing to work hard for and make sure that we make ward two number one.”
Democratic City Council Candidate, Kate Patterson, said she feels it’s important to take action instead of sitting on the sidelines, in order to help create positive change for her neighborhood.
“I care a great deal about the City of Corning and I want to see it really thrive in the future,” said Patterson.
Mayor Rich Negri said the council plans to hold a special meeting on Thursday, April 7 to vote and determine which candidate will fill the spot to represent the second ward.