In a surprising announcement made via social media today, Councillor Ashley Miller, who has represented the citizens of Beaumont since her election in 2021, announced her resignation from her position on the Beaumont City Council.
This decision marks the second departure from the council in less than three months, following Councillor René Tessier's resignation earlier this summer on June 27th.
In her heartfelt post shared across various social media platforms, Councillor Miller expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to serve the Beaumont community but cited a newfound realization that compelled her to step down.
"It is with gratitude and a profound sense of responsibility that I am announcing my resignation from public office," Miller wrote in her post. "Since my election in 2021, I have come to a realization that there is one role that transcends all others—the role of a parent."
Miller continued, emphasizing her devotion to her family's well-being. "I have come to the realization that I must put my family first. Our children deserve our unwavering presence and guidance during their foundational years."
This deeply personal decision to prioritize family echoes Miller's dedication to her constituents. " I am proud of the work we have accomplished together, and I believe that our community is on the right path. I am confident that my fellow councillors will continue to work diligently for the betterment of our town, and I will always support their efforts from the sidelines," Miller stated.
The announcement of Miller's resignation comes as a surprise to many, as she has been a prominent figure in local politics and was seen as a rising star within the City Council. Her departure, coupled with Councillor Tessier's earlier resignation, leaves the council with two vacant seats, raising questions about the continuity of governance in Beaumont.
Mayor Bill Daneluik acknowledged that the resignation was probably a difficult one for Miller but wished her well, "On behalf of City Council, I thank you for your dedication that you brought to the position of City Councillor."
In closing Miller gave a challenge to the younger generation, " I want to take this moment to encourage the younger generation, the voices of tomorrow, to actively engage in their communities whether that be in office, volunteerism, and so on. Your passion, fresh perspectives, and energy are the lifeblood of our democracy. Your involvement can shape the future and ensure our communities continue to thrive."
The upcoming by-election to fill Councillor Tessier's vacancy is already scheduled for October 16th. However, as of the time of publication, there has been no official word regarding whether this new vacancy will be filled on the same date or if a separate election will be held to select a replacement for Councillor Miller.