City Councilman Wendell Gilliard has left the building. The winner of a seat in the statehouse resigned his city office early last week and a special election has been called for Tuesday, Feb. 3. Filing for the seat opens on Nov. 28 and closes at the end of business Dec. 8. There’s a $150 filing fee and can be submitted at the McNair Law Firm, 100 Calhoun St. For more info, call 723-7831.

In related news Gilliard and former County Council Chairman Tim Scott (R-Charleston) are in Columbia today learning the ropes for the legislative session that begins in January.