City Councilor John Suggs has resigned, citing health issues

Ward One City Councilor has resigned his seat, citing mainly health issues, according to a statement on his Facebook profile.

Suggs says he made the decision to resign after learning he had a defect in his Aorta. “I’m going to have too many doctors visits over the coming months to do the position of Councilman justice,” he said.

In his statement, Suggs remarked on a recent City Council session in which his comments were “vigorously attacked,” ultimately causing him to feel “humiliated.” He said “by then … my right arm and neck were numb.” He went on to explain that he’d been feeling these symptoms for a couple of weeks. He surmised he’d been working too many hours on the road. A trip to the ER and short stay in the hospital revealed the defect, prompting his decision to resign.

John Suggs, City Councilor for Ward One, getting sworn in for his second term in April, 2022.

Suggs says after he “gets some things sorted out,” he may return to politics and says he will miss the job in Sapulpa. “Sapulpa has a very bright future and I will certainly miss working with several of my Councilman friends and the City of Sapulpa’s amazing staff.”

Suggs did not respond to Sapulpa Times requests for comment.

Suggs had only recently begun his second term, having been sworn in back in April. He won the seat by default after the County Election Board removed his opponent from the ballot, citing he was ineligible.

See Suggs’ full statement below.