What does “from” mean?

That’s the question Assistant City Attorney Susan Woolf has presented the Pensacola City Council. The issue is can a city council member appoint someone to the council redistricting commission who does not live in their district. While it would seem odd that a city council person would even nominate someone outside his/her district, that apparently is what Councilman Ronald Townsend is contemplating.

Woolf gives the council two options to consider. “From” can indeed mean from one’s district or the council can decide the word is too ambiguous and ask a judge to tell them what “from” means. Her conclusion is that the city council members will have to appoint someone who resides within the districts.

Read: Woolf.