Oregon House District 18 Representative Vic Gilliam has resigned as of a Jan. 30 letter he wrote and made public.
Gilliam took over for his predecessor, Mac Sumner, in January 2007 and has lived in Silverton since 1998. In his letter, he announced his resignation due to "several changes in life," but did not specify what those changes were.
Gilliam's full letter:
"To All My Friends & Voters in House District 18:
I am extremely grateful and honored by the confidence you have placed in me for over a decade. However, several changes in life show it's time to announce my resignation as your State Representative. After prayer, consulting family & friends, I was led to this decision for reasons including fairness to you my constituents. I didn't meet my predecessor, the late Representative Mac Sumner, prior to my service but he was very gracious when I took office in 2007. Like Mac, I'll gladly support a smooth transition with whomever is chosen by Oregon's respected appointment process. Then I intend to turn my primary focus on personal faith and the important path as a follower of Jesus. I again offer these words of Paul an Apostle of Jesus, as an example of HIS comfort in our current challenges:
"... God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don't use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that's how freedom grows. For everything we know about God's Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That's an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then? "
Galatians 5: 13-15
I wish the best to my colleagues in the House & Senate and I thank all Oregonians in District 18 for the honor of representing them in the Oregon House.