Erbrick formalizes mayoral bid; submits resignation letter
Cape Coral City Councilmember Rana Erbrick has submitted a letter resigning her district seat, a step required to formally qualify as a candidate for mayor.
“I hereby submit my resignation from the position of City of Cape Coral Council Member, District 5 in accordance with the State of Florida resign-to-run law as I intend to seek the position of Mayor for the City of Cape Coral. Cape Coral City Charter requires that the position be vacated at least 60 days prior to the General Election of November 7, 2017 to ensure that the position I vacate is filled by our election process,” she wrote in the letter submitted to the Cape Coral City Clerk’s Office Wednesday.
The effective date will be Sept. 7, at 12:01 a.m.
Erbrick, who was unopposed in her second term for Council, said her six years on the elected board have been “the most fulfilling years” of her life and that she will continue to “put the city first.”
“I look back on my time on Council with fondness. It wasn’t always easy. It wasn’t always pretty. But I cannot thank you enough for allowing me the opportunity to serve you, the public,” she said in a prepared statement. “I started on this council when our city was just rising out of one it’s darkest times. Over the last 6 years we have started to grow up as city through our infrastructure, our commercial expansion, our great Charter School system and with our outside image. We have so many exciting things on the horizon. The potential of the Seven Islands, the Downtown revitalization and Bimini Basin, the continued interest in Pine Island Commercial 2 Corridor, we as a City are on the upswing. We may not have always agreed on everything, but I have always been up front with you and put this City first.”
She thanks her fellow board members, family, residents and city staff, adding this may be a goodbye from Council but will not be a goodbye to the city.
“I need to thank my fellow Council Members past and present, who understand that sometimes the best decisions are not always the most popular decisions. Thank you to city staff for the hard work and support you continually give us and this City. Thank you to my friends and family for telling me the good and the bad when I needed it most. Most of all thank you to the residents. You put your trust into me twice and I will always be humbled by that. I want you to know I went in each and every day, no matter what stood in front of me, and I served you, the residents of this city, first.”