Man elected to Elizabeth City council while a student is resigning to take job elsewhere


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ELIZABETH CITY, North Carolina — A former Elizabeth City State University student who became a city council member after an appeal to the North Carolina Board of Elections is resigning less than a year after being sworn into office.

Montravias King told The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City that he's resigning to take a job outside Elizabeth City. He declined to say where the job is located or what kind of job it is.

"I'm looking forward to the start of my career and I'm at peace with my decision," King, 23, said Monday.

In a letter to council members, King said he'll attend his last meeting Nov. 10

City manager Rich Olson told The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk that a special election will be held in early January after ECSU students have returned from their holiday break. The election will cost $9,000, he said.

King was a college student when the state Board of Elections voted unanimously in September 2013 that he could run for city council. The vote reversed an earlier decision made by the GOP majority on the Pasquotank County Board of Elections, a move that gained national attention.

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