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North Branch City Council Vacancy After Darwin Resigns

The city of North Branch will be holding a special election come November after council accepted Councilmember Amanda Darwin’s resignation last week.

Darwin stated in her letter that was presented to council that she has high expectations for the council and city but couldn’t continue when not being able to devote her full attention.

North Branch Mayor Jim Swenson briefly touched on Councilmember Darwin stating, "It's really a loss, she was a dynamite person on the council but she has a busy life too."

The city will now have to appoint a replacement by the end of July to fill the seat until a special election is held in November in which the replacement will have to run against any challengers to keep the seat.

Council voted to hold off on any replacement decisions until their first May meeting. Council is then expected to establish an application process and select a replacement by no later than the end of June.

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