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Longmont City Councilwoman Marcia Martin may resign for family reasons

2nd District Assemblywoman Marcia Martin listens during public comments at a regular City Council meeting at the Longmont Civic Center on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

Longmont City Councilwoman Marcia Martin said Tuesday that she plans to “step back” from her official duties if she cannot return to Longmont permanently in 2024.

Martin is not resigning at this time and may not do so, but she alerted her colleagues and the public to the possibility at the start of Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting.

Martin is currently in New York helping a family member who is suffering from complex health issues.

In May, the City Council unanimously passed a motion allowing Martin to attend meetings remotely until she can attend in person again.

“This has recently led to a mental health crisis that requires my immediate presence and involvement in her life if she is to recover,” Martin said. “I am not allowed to divulge the details.”

Martin made it clear that she would continue to serve the remainder of her term as long as she could be effective. But to be an influential council member, she would need to have a presence in Longmont, Martin acknowledged.

“After much thought, I have concluded that if I am not able to return to Longmont permanently by the end of 2024, I will not be able to maintain sufficient connections to serve responsibly on the council,” Martin said. “I will then resign and allow the bylaw provisions for replacing a council member to take effect. I regret this, but unless my family issues are resolved, I will not serve on the council in 2025.”

Martin, who represents District 2, was first elected in 2017 and re-elected in 2021. Her current term does not end until November 2025.

District 2 covers most of the south and southwest of the city.

Martin also serves as the City Council’s liaison to the Airport Advisory Board, Senior Advisory Board, Sustainability Advisory Board, and Water Advisory Board. Like all council members, Martin also serves as a commissioner on the Longmont Housing Authority Advisory Board.

Martin said she plans to make one or two short trips to Colorado to attend in person at “strategic times.” In the coming months, for example, the City Council must discuss and approve next year’s operating budget.

“I personally understand the situation you are in; family comes first,” Mayor Joan Peck said during Tuesday’s council meeting after Martin read her statement. “The circumstances put all of us in a position where difficult decisions must be made.”

Peck said Martin’s testimony deserves in-depth discussion by the council, expected at a July 16 meeting.