Last day to apply for Raver’s vacant council seat is Feb. 2
■ By Mary Ann Morris / Editor
No costly special election will be held to replace K. Paul Raver, who abruptly resigned from Hemet’s City Council Dec. 13. His replacement will appointed by the City Council, and according to California government code, must be done within 60 days of Raver’s resignation. Persons interested in this vacant council seat must be 18 years of age, can live anywhere in the city of Hemet, and must be registered to vote.
Letters of interest must be submitted to City Clerk Sarah McComas by Thursday, Feb. 2. Interviews will be held at a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. in the City of Hemet Council Chambers, 450 E. Latham Ave., Hemet. If no decision is made to appoint a replacement that day, interviews and the appointment will resume at another special meeting on Friday, Feb. 10 in Council Chambers at 6 p.m. These meetings will be open to the public. At least three council members must vote affirmatively in order to make the appointment.
The cost of a special election is estimated to run between $94,000 and $104,000 for a June special election, said City Attorney Eric Vail, and an August mail-in ballot election would cost between $75,000 and $80,000. Raver’s replacement must be appointed no later than Sunday, Feb. 12, which is the 60th day from Raver’s resignation, the last legal day to appoint someone to this vacancy. The last business day to appoint someone is Friday, Feb. 10.
The council unanimously agreed that appointing a successor to Raver’s seat is the best way to proceed in this situation.
“Personally, I think appointment is the only way to go,” said Mayor Linda Krupa.
“We just got through an audit, and even though we got through the audit fairly well, we don’t have another $100,000 to spend on a special election,” said newly-elected Councilman Michael Perciful.
Several citizens came to the podium to express their views on how the new council member should be selected. Chuck Moore, who unsuccessfully ran for a seat in District 1, was in favor of the appointment process. “As Bonnie clearly mentioned, it’s $100,000 the city doesn’t have. I know you will do the best job and I trust your judgment in that regard.”
“I like the idea that the council is being progressive and moving along this year,” said Hemet resident Fred Reno. “My suggestion, all things being equal, if we could have a candidate who represents District 2, it would be very progressive to have somebody there who lives in that district. I live in that district, and I would feel much more comfortable if the seat were filled with someone from that district.”
There is no formal application or fee to apply. The applicant can live anywhere in the city, but after the appointee’s term ends, the seat must be filled by someone who lives in District 2.
Interested persons should submit a letter of interest by Feb. 2 stating why they should be appointed to the Hemet City Council to City Clerk Sarah McComas at 445 E. Florida Ave., Hemet, CA 92543. Email letters of intent to Smccomas@cityofhemet.org, or fax to (951) 765-3785.