Sherman City Council member Kevin Couch resigns

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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) -- Sherman City Council member Kevin Couch resigned Tuesday night, and in order to fill that spot, a special election will now need to be called.

After more than two and a half years on the Sherman City Council, Couch is now campaigning for a spot in Austin as he runs for Texas House of Representatives District 62.

"If you file to run for state representative, you automatically, according to state law, resign from any other elected position," Sherman Mayor David Plyler said.

"It was also a personal decision that I made, I didn't want to have my candidacy for state rep and my city council seat kind of vying for attention," former Sherman City Council member Kevin Couch said.

Right after Couch resigned Tuesday, the council appointed Willie Steele, who served on the council from 2007 to 2011, to fill the spot until Nov. 7.

Since Couch still had another year to serve, a special election will need to be held this November to fill his spot for the rest of his term.

"Tonight is bittersweet because it's been a great deal of work that I hate to walk away from, but I'm excited to step up and provide some leadership in Austin I think we've been missing," Couch said.

Larry Phillips of Sherman is the incumbent District 62 representative, but he said he won't yet make any comment about whether he's running for reelection.

Couch's council seat is an at-large position, meaning anyone in the city can run for his spot. He said he hopes his seat is filled by someone who can carry on programs he pushed like Project Jumpstart the Heart, aimed at bringing business to downtown.

"The economic incentives in the downtown area and also someone who really fights for the citizens in terms of lower taxes," Couch said.

"We know there's some great folks out there that want to serve, so I know going forward, I know we'll be blessed," Plyler said.

If the special election is approved at the next council meeting, the filing period will be from Sept. 19 to the 28. This seat, as well as two other open council spots, will be voted on in November.

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