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Ben Zandi resigns from Bristol council

By Preston Ayres, payres@wcyb.com
Published On: Jul 16 2013 12:06:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 16 2013 04:46:37 PM CDT
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BRISTOL, Tenn. -

The vice-mayor of Bristol, Tennessee announced Tuesday morning he is resigning from the City Council effective immediately.

Vice-Mayor and City Council member Ben Zandi informed Interim City Manager Bill Sorah, along with Mayor Michelle Dolan and Council, of his decision to resign on Tuesday morning.

According to a news release from the city of Bristol, Zandi was elected to the City Council and began his term of office in July 2011.

In July 2012, he was selected by council to serve as Vice-Mayor for the period of July 2012 through June 2013. "I have enjoyed serving others through customer service excellence. As a business owner myself, I have had a passion about supporting other local businesses and organizations to create local jobs and to stimulate and promote local economic growth," Zandi said in the news release.

"Ben has had a great impact on this community during his tenure on city council.  I have enjoyed working with him," said Bill Sorah, Interim City Manager. "I know he has struggled with this decision, but we understand and wish him well."

The City Council has 30 days from date of resignation to fill Zandi’s seat.