Earlier this week, we had a post-mortem about the race in city council district 9, in which we noted that challenger Phyllis Copeland-Mitchell experienced some tough sledding, despite the backing of Ward 12 chair Jacque Fielder. Copeland-Mitchell finished third -- out of three candidates -- even in Ward 12 itself.
This morning, word comes that Fielder herself is resigning her position "for personal reasons." She sent a letter to Allegheny County Democratic Commmitee Jim Burn that reads as follows:
Please accept this letter as formal notice of my resignation from the position of 12th Ward Chair and as a member of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, effective May 28, 2011.
After careful consideration, I have decided to leave the committee for personal reasons.
Thank you for all your support and the opportunities for growth that have been provided to me.
I wish you and the party well.
Please let me know if there is anything I can do to assist in the smooth transition of my responsiblilities.
We'll have more if further details become available.