by SC Associate Publisher Chuck Larsen
Sanibel City Council could have two new faces behind the dais next year due to the Republican primary in August. Mayor Kevin Ruane and Councilman Jason Maughan are running for higher office at the county and state level. And the pair have resigned from city council effective in November.
Ruane, who has served as a councilman and mayor since 2007, is a candidate for a Lee County Board of County Commissioners, District 1, seat against Michael Dreikorn. If he wins the nomination, he will compete in the November General Election against the Democratic nominee.
Maughan is running for a Florida House seat from district 76 against Adam Botana. If he wins, he will also compete in the November General Election against the Democratic nominee.
Florida’s ‘resign to run’ statute requires office holders to resign from their current position if the office they seek would overlap with their current position. The statue mandates that the resignation is irrevocable.
In both cases, the remaining council members – Mick Denham, Richard Johnson, and Holly Smith – will appoint replacements to serve until the city election in March 2021.
Based on the effective dates of their resignations, Maughan’s replacement will be voted on at the Nov. 3 council meeting. Ruane’s replacement will be voted on at the Dec. 1 meeting, when council members will also vote on mayor and vice-mayor to serve through March.