Councilman Mike Sullivan submitted his resignation Wednesday, fulfilling a promise he made to leave Council if he won the Republican primary in the county tax assessor-collector race.
He did win on May 29. His resignation is effective on Jan. 1, which is the day he would have to leave Council anyway if he defeats Democrat Ann Harris Bennett in the November general election.
Although Sullivan has not endorsed a successor since there is no official race for his seat yet, it’s clear that he’s simpatico with Dave Martin, who served with Sullivan on the Humble Independent School District board. Martin was at Wednesday’s Council meeting, and outside chambers Sullivan joked to Martin: “If you want to come over and measure curtains, come on over!” Martin is also on the board of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, the public agency landlord for Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center.
See here and here for the background. Sullivan had said he’d resign whether he wins or loses in November, and here we are. I expect there will be a multi-candidate field, and as always it will be interesting to see how the Kingwood versus Clear Lake dynamic shakes out.