South Tucson Mayor Jennifer Eckstrom is resigning from the City Council.

Eckstrom, 36, states in a letter she sent to council members and city officials, dated Thursday, that her resignation is effective at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“Since my first election in June 1995, I have been honored to serve the residents of the City of South Tucson for almost 18 years, both as a member of the City Council, and most recently as mayor,” Eckstrom, a Democrat, states in the letter.

The council appoints the mayor.

Contacted Sunday, Eckstrom said, “I am moving on to get married.” She said she needs time to plan for a November wedding.

She said her fiancé, Tony Gallego, proposed to her in San Francisco on New Year’s Day. “We are very happy,” she said.

Read the rest of this story in Monday's Star.