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April 18th, 2008
Moore resigns from Kyle City Council

Veteran Kyle Councilmember Mike Moore resigned Tuesday, citing commitments to his family and employment.
By BILL PETERSON
Editor at Large

KYLE – City Councilmember Mike Moore decided to break off his third term a year early, announcing his resignation at the end of Tuesday night’s meeting.

Moore told the assembled at the end of a long night that he simply no longer has the time to give for city business, adding that he wants to devote more energy to his family and employment.

The reasons matched Moore’s explanation for refusing to run in 2003, after he had completed two terms on the city council. Moore then decided to run, though as something of a reluctant candidate in 2006.

Moore took the plurality of the vote with 44 percent in 2006, then defeated Michelle Lopez, 279-220, in a run-off election. Lopez won election to the city council last May.

Moore’s priorities on the city council centered on budgetary constraint and infrastructure. During his first run on the council, 1998-2003, Moore generally was the only voice opposed to rapid residential development and pet projects for other councilmembers, preferring to emphasize roads, water and wastewater.

If Moore was distinctive voice on the council during his first run, he stood out much less in the last two years as the city’s issues changed dramatically. A city that worried about over-pumping its water permits five years ago now is going into heavy retail and economic development.

Moore is the second councilmember to resign within the last year. Todd Webster resigned from the council last September so he could devote his time to his dying father in Ohio. Like Moore, Webster won re-election in 2006.

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