CARLSBAD — Councilwoman Cori Schumacher has submitted her letter of resignation, officially ending her time on the Carlsbad City Council, according to sources.
The city will release the next steps in the coming hours and Schumacher’s resignation is effective immediately.
According to a statement in Schumacher’s newsletter, she will be attending a university outside San Diego.
“It’s an opportunity I simply cannot refuse,” Schumacher wrote. “Unfortunately, this means that I am no longer able to continue in my role as your council member. And so, I have tendered my resignation to the city.”
Schumacher, a surfer and political activist, first joined the Carlsbad City Council in 2016 after defeating incumbent Lorraine Wood. In 2018, Schumacher, who lives in District 1, lost a mayoral bid against then two-term incumbent Mayor Matt Hall.
After Barbara Hamilton abruptly resigned in mid-October 2020, Schumacher won the vacant District 1 seat in a special election, defeating former Carlsbad Unified School District board trustee Tracy Carmichael and longtime Carlsbad resident, Simon Angel.
Schumacher helped establish the Clean Energy Alliance, a joint power agreement between the cities of Solana Beach, Del Mar and Carlsbad.
She served as a board member since the partnership was established, but was later replaced by Councilwoman Priya Bhat-Patel in January 2021 after the Carlsbad City Council reorganized members for its regional and municipal committees.
This is a developing story.