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HODNETT RESIGNS FROM CITY COUNCIL FOUR MONTHS INTO TERM BECAUSE OF POOR HEALTH

Just four months into his term of office, a Jamestown City Council member has resigned.

Manuel "Joe" Hodnett, D-Ward III, is stepping down because of poor health.

Council President Michael Mistretta said Hodnett "has served the Third Ward and its residents extremely well during his short time on the Council. But due to health reasons, he has chosen to resign from the Council, effective immediately."

Hodnett, 58, is employed by MRC Bearings.

Mayor Richard Kimball, a Republican, has appointed former Council member and longtime Democratic Party worker Vivian Taylor to fill the vacancy. The appointment requires Council approval.

Mistretta said, "The appointment is only good until a special election will be held in November to fill the balance of the term."

Taylor resigned from the Council several years ago and has made it clear that he will not run for the job in November.

The appointment will maintain a 6-3 Democratic majority on the Council.

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