Carlsbad City Councilmember Farrah Golshan Douglas announced Wednesday she will be stepping down from her position.
Citing personal issues, Douglas has arranged for her resignation to take effect Friday, Feb. 7.
“Due to pressing personal and family commitments, I feel I cannot continue to offer the level of time and attention this position – and our community – deserves and that I have been able to provide in the past,” Douglas said in her letter to Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall. “I love this community too much to be satisfied with less than complete dedication.”
Douglas was elected to a 4-year term in November 2010.
Now, the City of Carlsbad must hold a special election or fill her vacancy by appointment within 60 days. The council will consider these options at an upcoming city council meeting, according to a Carlsbad press release.
“Knowing how difficult it can be to balance personal and family commitments with the immense sense of duty we all bring to our roles on the City Council, I respect [Douglas’] decision to step down and thank her for the significant contributions she has made to our city,” said Mayor Hall in the release.
In her resignation letter, Douglas highlighted accomplishments she was proud of during her time on the council, including the Alga Norte Community Park completion, the development of a seawater desalination plant and pension reform.
"I am most grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Carlsbad's vibrant future and to pay my debt to this wonderful community," Douglas said.