Hilton Head Island Town Councilman Lee Edwards is resigning.
His decision to step down was announced Monday at a council workshop with Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce leaders.
Edwards represents Ward 3, which includes the Spanish Wells, Wexford, Long Cove Club, Indigo Run, Point Comfort and Shipyard Plantation neighborhoods.
But Edwards recently purchased a home outside of the ward in Sea Pines.
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“I hate to move out the district and step down,” he said Tuesday. “But we just found a house that was really ideal, and we couldn’t pass it up.”
Regardless of the move, Edwards said he was not planning to seek re-election when his term ended at the end of the year — nor is he planning to run for a seat in Ward 2, where his new home is located.
Edwards joined the council in 2011, taking over the seat vacated by former Hilton Head Island Mayor Drew Laughlin.
A special election will be held in the next few months to determine his successor, Edwards said.
He said he plans to remain on the council until a replacement is elected because he doesn’t “want Ward 3 not to have representation.”