Uvalde Mayor Resigns Unexpectedly, Cites Health Issues

Uvalde, Texas Mayor Cody Smith resigned unexpectedly in March due to health concerns following his victory in the 2023 election. Smith’s win was heavily influenced by the tragic Robb Elementary School shooting that took place in the area, causing widespread outrage.

In a statement, Smith expressed gratitude to the Uvalde community for their support during his recovery from unexpected medical issues. He defeated Kimberly Mata-Rubio in the election, who advocated for gun control after losing her daughter in the shooting. The incident resulted in the loss of 19 students and two teachers and sparked a national conversation about school safety and police response times.

Soon after Smith’s resignation, Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez also stepped down in March, following a report stating that local law enforcement was not at fault for the delayed reaction to the shooting. The city-commissioned investigation conflicted with a federal inquiry, which criticized the local response as disorganized and ineffective.

The families of the victims expressed frustration with the city report, which at times praised the police response. With Mayor Pro-Tem Everardo Zamora taking over as mayor until a new official is elected in November, the community will await further developments in the aftermath of the tragic shooting.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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