Possible cost of Niland's sudden resignation from El Paso City Council

Too late for District 8 seat to be on May ballot

EL PASO, Texas -    District 8 City Representative Cortney Niland's sudden resignation during Tuesday's council meeting comes at a time well past the February filing deadline to be on the May ballot. This means her seat will not be up for grabs during the May election and the costs of filling her seat will depend heavily on timing and circumstances.

The city can put her seat on the ballot during the June 10th run-off elections and City Clerk Richarda Momsen says they plan to do that.

Momsen says if the city hits that June target date there will be a very small cost but if there is no citywide run-off, where the City could scoot Niland's district in, then the cost will be about $40,000-$45,000. Should the people running for that seat then end up in their own run-off, you'd have to add an additional $40,000-$45,000.

We spoke to some of Niland's constituents who were not happy to hear about that price tag and feel her sudden resignation is unprofessional.

"You make a commitment and you got to do it. That's it, period, you're committed to it. Do your job," David Gamble said.

"When you get appointed to office like that you should put your personal problems aside," El Pasoan Damian Ochoa explained.

As we reported Niland cites family problems for her stepping down. As we reported last week, she sold her Upper Valley home on March 21st to the daughter of El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser.

Niland is not the first rep. to step down mid-term. The last one was District 2 Rep. Larry Romero who had a stroke and stepped down last year.   


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