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Councilor Mcdonald Steps Down

DALLAS -- City Councilor Mark McDonald resigned Monday from his position on the Dallas City Council.

DALLAS -- City Councilor Mark McDonald resigned Monday from his position on the Dallas City Council.

"During the past year of my service on the city council of Dallas, it has become apparent that there is a deep philosophical difference between the majority of the council and myself," McDonald wrote in a letter addressed to Mayor Brian Dalton.

McDonald listed several reasons for wanting to step down.

McDonald said his choice of wording for his oath of office, what he believed was a lack of transparency on information regarding ordinances and resolutions the council has voted on, and delayed responses for requests for information from city staff, among other issues, has caused conflict between himself and the city.

McDonald was elected in November 2010.

Dalton announced McDonald's resignation at the council's meeting Monday night. He said the council has yet to address how the vacancy will be filled.

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