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Lydia Edwards, now a state senator, will also remain on City Council through April

The decision to temporarily remain in her council seat "will minimize the amount of time the district is without representation on the council," she said.

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Boston City Councilor and state Sen. Lydia Edwards said she will remain on the council until April 30. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Lydia Edwards

State Sen. Lydia Edwards will resign her seat on the Boston City Council on April 30 — a decision she says will minimize the time District 1 is unrepresented before her successor takes office.

Edwards, a Democrat elected to the Senate’s 1st Suffolk and Middlesex District earlier this month, announced she submitted her resignation on Friday, beginning the process by which the council must set a special election to determine her successor.

The council could approve an order for the election filed by the city clerk as soon as Feb. 2, according to Edwards’ office.

“Serving on Boston City Council has been an incredible honor, and I am thrilled that the candidates who have expressed interest in the District One city council seat reflect the diversity of the district,” Edwards said in a statement.

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Edwards’ decision to stay on the council and temporarily hold both seats is not unprecedented: Several legislators have held local and state office at the same time, including at least two previous Boston city councilors, her staff said.

State senators earn a minimum of $70,530 a year while city councilors make $103,500 annually. Edwards, by staying on the council, can collect pay from both institutions.

Case law in Massachusetts makes clear that a resignation “noticed for a future date is sufficient to trigger a legislative body’s special election procedures for filling a vacancy,” a press release from Edwards’ office reads.

“As the residents of Charlestown, East Boston, and the North End continue to face extreme housing, development and recovery challenges during a pandemic, I believe the best thing I can do is represent them until they elect a new city councilor,” Edwards said in the statement. “This process will minimize the amount of time the district is without representation on the council and will give voters more of an opportunity to hear from the candidates about their vision for the seat.”

The race to succeed Edwards is already garnering steam. Tania Del Rio and Gabriela “Gigi” Coletta have both announced their campaigns, while several other potential candidates were weighing whether to join them earlier this month.

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