By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Hemet and San Jacinto city councils' candidates file for Nov. 6 election

 

Last updated 8/22/2018 at 9:55am



The Hemet and San Jacinto city councils have open seats in the upcoming Nov. 6 election, and candidates have submitted their nomination papers.

The Hemet City Council saw two candidates for two Hemet City Council seats which are up for grabs in the Nov. 6 general election file their nomination papers with the city clerk’s office. The nomination period was open through Friday, Aug. 10.

The San Jacinto City Clerk reported that San Jacinto has two council seats open with five candidates filing as of Aug. 10.

Hemet City Council seats now occupied by Russ Brown and Linda Krupa are up for election and are being challenged by Stacie Olson and Doug Trent. The November elections will begin the change from an at-large elected city council to a by-district elected council as other city councils in California have recently done under pressure by attorneys representing the California Voting Rights Act.

Under the new election by district, Brown, if re-elected, or Stacie Olson would represent the people in Hemet’s District 2. Krupa or her challenger Trent would become the council representatives for the new District 5 in Hemet.

District 1, 3 and 4 seats are now held by at-large council members Michael Perciful, Bonnie Wright and Karlee Meyer who were elected or re-elected in the 2016 election and are serving four-year terms.

Brown, who is opting for re-election, is a Hemet businessman and retired law enforcement officer. Olson is a Hemet businesswoman seeking a “new direction” for Hemet.

The San Jacinto Council has council seats now occupied by Alonso Ledezma and Scott Miller open. Ledezma, a real estate agent, is seeking re-election for another four-year term. Miller, who has served as the city mayor and is active in many city organizations, announced he will not be running for re-election in 2018.


Ledezma is challenged by Steven Di Memmo, a former councilman who is a home advisor. Other candidates seeking a seat on the council are: quality control inspector Jeremy Fontes; business owner Joel Lopez; small business owner Brian Reaser and business manager Mikel C. van der Linden.

The 2018 elected council members on the San Jacinto City Council will serve four-year terms.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at [email protected]

 

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