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SoBo Town Council member resigns; moving out of area

South Boston Town Council member Connie Manning has announced she is stepping down from her elected position effective Aug. 31.

Manning will be moving to Fredericksburg in several months.

Council first appointed Manning to the seat in December 2010 to fill the unexpired term of councilwoman Sandra Thompson.

She was reelected to the post with 221 votes in May.

In her resignation letter, Manning said she is stepping down “with deep regret.”

“I am grateful to you and the former town council for this most esteemed position provided me, through appointment, in 2010. My gratitude extends to the citizens of South Boston, who elected me in May of this year, to those who gave me a vote of confidence in the previous elections.

“This has been a very difficult decision, but one that I know will be the best for me and my family. I will be relocating out of the area in several months, and because further plans have not been finalized, I feel it is best to remove myself in August.”

She expressed appreciation to Mayor Carroll Thackston, town council members, Town Manager Ted Daniel, Town Clerk Jane Jones and the outstanding staff “who serve the Town of South Boston and its citizens with a vision for the future” and who have provided support and guidance to her.

South Boston Town Clerk Jane Jones said Tuesday that once Manning’s resignation becomes effective at the end of August, council has 15 days to notify the court.

The court will then issue an order signifying the town needs to hold a special election and within 15 days of the vacancy the town must petition the court to issue a writ of election to fill the position.

Within 45 days of the vacancy, council must appoint someone to fill the vacancy, and a special election will be held at a later date for the position.