Ald. Avra Reddy, 8th District, has announced her resignation from Madison's City Council. 

After serving six months, Ald. Avra Reddy, 8th District, has submitted her letter of resignation from Madison City Council because of an ongoing illness in her family.

“Over the last few months I have been coping with a family illness, and after careful consideration I have decided to leave my post as District 8 Alder,” Reddy said in a letter Wednesday.

Her resignation will take effect Monday.

A student at UW-Madison whose district covers a large chunk of the university’s campus, Reddy is the youngest City Council member.

Reddy said though it saddened her to leave, it “wouldn’t be fair” to her constituents and fellow council members if she were not able to “give my all,” especially going into budget season.

“Although my time on council has been short-lived, I have loved serving the last 6 months with every one of you,” Reddy wrote to fellow council members. “I am so proud to have been a part of a diverse body, composed of members who make decisions with good intentions in mind.”

In an email to council members, council President Shiva Bidar, 5th District, and Vice President Barbara Harrington-McKinney, 1st District, thanked Reddy for her service.

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“In her short tenure, Avra has made a great impact and great contributions to our Council deliberations with her thoughtfulness and commitment to making Madison a better place,” Bidar and Harrington-McKinney said.

Reddy’s position is set to be filled by Nov. 5.

Applications should be emailed to council@cityofmadison.com and must be received by noon Oct. 14.

Applications should include: Name, address, home and work telephone numbers and e-mail address; a biographical resume including education and work, neighborhood and civic experience; a statement on why the applicant wishes to serve; a statement of what the applicant wants to accomplish; and whether the applicant plans to run for the council seat in an April special election.

The council’s Executive Committee will conduct interviews with candidates and recommend someone to the council the week of Oct. 21. Council members will vote on the recommended candidate Nov. 5.

The appointee will serve until the April election.

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Emily Hamer is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal. She joined the paper in April 2019 and was formerly an investigative reporting intern at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.