City Commissioner John Willis resigned Wednesday, saying Chinese drywall cost him not just his house — but his elected office too.
Willis, picked by voters in a special election in February to fill the term of a commissioner who died in office, was forced out of his house in Heron Bay in 2009 because of Chinese drywall. He had been renting in the district since then but chose to buy a house outside of his district just one month after the election.
Even though he knew he couldn’t keep the seat by living in his new house, Willis said his plan was to stay in the rental until his term was up in 2014.
But he has now changed his mind, in part because there will now be a special election March 12 anyway to fill the unfilled term of Jared Moskowitz, who was elected to a state seat in November. Now the two seats — which both expire in 2014 — will be on the ballot, at a cost to taxpayers of about $25,000.
“I have always made it clear that it is government’s job to limit expenses whenever possible,” Willis said in a letter posted Wednesday night on Facebook. His new house should be ready to move into in early 2013.