MERIDEN — Democratic City Councilor Miguel Castro, arrested May 23 on charges he assaulted a female family member, resigned from the council Monday.
Castro, who had been called on to resign by party leaders, publicly announced his resignation effective June 1 during a virtual meeting of the Democratic Town Committee Monday night.
Castro told the committee he needed to step down to prioritize his family issues.
“My family cannot heal while I’m in the public light and as an elected official,” Castro read in a statement. “So while I am passionate about my political convictions and I believe my voice has had a positive effect in the current political environment, (staying on the council) would be selfish. My family must come first.”
Castro had represented City Council Area 1 since 2012.
Castro reiterated that he is innocent of the charges against him, saying, “I can assure everyone on this call that I am not a domestic violence offender.”
Police arrested Castro, 50, after authorities say he assaulted the family member at their 51 Bradley Ave. home, charging Castro with disorderly conduct and third-degree strangulation. Police allege Castro pushed the female family member against kitchen cabinets, had a hand on her throat, and slapped her.
Following Castro’s announcement, the Democratic Town Committee passed a resolution denouncing domestic violence at the meeting Monday. The resolution originally referenced the allegations against Castro, but members had it removed because they didn’t feel it was appropriate while the case is still pending. The amended resolution, which generally denounced all domestic violence, passed overwhelmingly, though two town committee members, Steve Volpini and Sydney Howard, voted against it because they didn’t feel any statement was appropriate.