North Adams City Councilor Bullett Resigning
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City Councilor Nancy Bullett is resigning from the council effective July 1.
Bullett, a city native, is in her fourth term on the council.
In her letter dated May 16 to Council President Benjamin Lamb, Bullett did not give a reason for her resignation but had indicated she did not plan to run for office again in November. The retired physical therapist also placed her home up for sale after purchasing a house out of state.
Her letter thanks the people of North Adams for the "honor and privilege of representing you" as well as the mayor, councilors, city employees and volunteers she's worked with over the past six years.
Bullett was first elected in 2011 and easily placed among the top four vote-getters that year and in the following three elections. She has served as vice president for several years and was chairman of the Finance Committee. She currently is a member of the Community Development Committee and also serves on the Windsor Lake Recreation Commission and the Traffic Commission.
The city code allows the remaining council members to fill any vacancies, which has been traditionally been the 10th highest vote-getter. In the 2015 election, Wayne Wilkinson lost re-election when he came in 10th by 51 votes. The last time a councilor resigned during a term was Clark Billings in 2009. Billings had left in August 2009, only a two months prior to the election and his seat was not filled.
"I was never a political person but have gained a lifetime of practical experience as a member of this council," she writes in her letter. "I would urge others who have not considered a run for office — especially the women of our community — to get off the sidelines and give it a go."
Nomination papers for November's election are currently available and must be returned with 50 signatures of registered voters by Aug. 7.
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