Recently, Steve Lamb (Ward 3) decided to sever ties with any political party affiliation and leave the Democratic Party.
"There have been some things that have happened on all political levels -- from local to national -- which made me feel this was the right time to detach myself from political affiliations," Lamb, who is in the middle of his first term ever in political office, told The Brazil Times following Wednesday's council meeting.
Rather than become a member of the Republican, Independent or any other party, Lamb chose the route of holding a political stance independently from all political parties.
"There is the thought process out there that if you are not with a party 100 percent, you are not considered part of that party," he said. "Also, this move frees me up from having to be responsible to anyone but my constituents and -- as a member of the council -- the residents of Brazil."
Clay County Deputy Clerk Beth Mallinak told The Brazil Times the move is considered official when notice of Lamb's resignation as Brazil 6 Precinct Committeeman is received by Clay County Democratic Committee Chairman Joe Broyles. Lamb told The Brazil Times he had already mailed the notice to both Broyles and the Clay County Election Office.
Mallinak added Lamb would not appear on the ballot for the 2011 Primary Election, which is the next time city elections would occur.
However, she said Lamb would have to do a little legwork to be placed on the 2011 General Election Ballot.
"To be on the ballot for the General Election, he has to get signatures from at least 2 percent of the total number of votes cast in the previous election for Secretary of State in the precincts he represents," Mallinak said.
While the exact number of signatures he would need is still up in the air due to Secretary of State being on the 2010 General Election Ballot, the total number of votes cast for that position in 2006 was 477 between Brazil Precinct 3 (321) and Brazil Precinct 6 (156). Should that total remain approximately the same, Lamb would need only 10 signatures from residents in those two precincts to appear on the 2011 General Election Ballot.
Mallinak said she believed the deadline to file the signatures would be sometime in July 2011, which is about the same time he would have to file as a write-in candidate should he be unable to gather the necessary number of signatures.
However, Lamb said he is looking forward to having a direct impact on the residents without having a political party label hanging over his head.
"I can be focused solely on the people in Brazil and my constituents," Lamb told The Brazil Times. "One person really can make a difference."