Cape councilman living outside district to keep seat
Fox 4 News Staff
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral City Council voted 6 to 2 to not call a special meeting to address allegations of McClain living outside his district.
"Are you considering renting a place in your district?" asked Fox 4 reporter Gabrielle Sarann. "We'll see what happens," replied Marty McClain.
McClain, Cape city councilman for District 1, answered questions about why he didn't let his fellow council members know he no longer lives in the district he represents.
"I never thought it was that big a deal," said McClain. "I really didn't."
Last week, it was discovered that McClain was living outside his district. The city charter states that a council member must reside in the district he or she represents. But it doesn't clarify whether a candidate must maintain residency in his or her district after qualifying to run for office.
"At the end of the day, i have to look at what's in the best interest of Cape Coral and the members out there," added McClain. "They don't need a distraction."
At issue is this Majestic Court house, where McClain lived when he ran for office. But about six months ago, he moved to district 2 after problems surfaced at home.
Under pressure to resign if he didn't move back to his district , McClain made this announcement at Monday's city council meeting.
"If it's a matter of living inside my district, to finish out this term, that's what I'm going to do," said McClain at Monday's council meeting.
"It's a very large district, living in it shouldn't be a difficulty," said councilman Kevin McGrail.
Mayor John Sullivan questions why he's just now finding out.
"I'm just sorry that Marty didn't bring this forward before and then we find out later on five or six months after the fact that he's not doing it," said Sullivan. "And to me that's problematic."
Allegations McClain says may be politically motivated.
"I don't want to be the focal point of a handful of people to go on a mission of getting even," concluded McClain.