Appointed Menifee Mayor Bill Zimmerman announces intent to run for mayor’s office in November

Appointed Menifee Mayor Bill Zimmerman, announcing his intention to run for the mayor’s elected office in November, talks with Pitstop Pub owner Bill Alden Tuesday, Jan. 7. Valley News/Tony Ault photo

Menifee’s appointed Mayor Bill Zimmerman in a packed Pitstop Pub, Tuesday, Jan. 7, announced his intention to run for the mayor’s office in the November elections after serving in the position for last year and a half.

Candidates for mayor and other council seats that will open in November can’t formally file until July 13, but Zimmerman and others are announcing their intention to run. They will have until Aug. 7 to formally file.

Zimmerman was appointed to the position July 18, 2018, by the city council to fill the unexpired term of Neil Winter who died unexpectedly May 19. Zimmerman previously served on the city’s planning commission and was recognized as the city’s first historian. The appointment allows Zimmerman to serve in the elected position until December.

Many local residents and business owners attended the announcement party enjoying tacos and other refreshments while congratulating Zimmerman on his decision to run for the elected office in the November election.

“It’s a great time to be mayor and serve this community,” Zimmerman said.

He said he hoped he could continue to do so for the next four years. He said as mayor “there was a lot of learning to do on regional issues and having served on the RCTC (Riverside County Transportation Commission) and understanding all the things that were happening there. It wasn’t much of a learning curve to be on the city council because I was a planning commissioner when it (the city) was first formed.

“I feel like I am hitting my stride now and we have so many great things happening and want to be a part of the team… we want to keep that positive momentum knowing we are going to remain business friendly in this town and it keeping this place to be the No. 1 city people want to come too, and the seventh fastest growing city in southwest county and safest,” he said.

Ricky Estrada, a Menifee teacher and baseball coach, made public his intention to run for the mayoral spot in August.

Among the guests attending the event were Murrieta council member Kelly Seyarto who recently announced his desire to run for the 67th District Assembly seat after Assemblymember Melissa Melendez announced she would be running for former state Sen. Jeff Stone’s seat in the 28th District after leaving his post to take a job in President Donald Trump’s Labor Department.

Bob Karwin, a Menifee resident, announced he will be running for the city’s District 1 council seat now occupied by Councilmember Greg August. August reaches his term limit this year and cannot run for reelection at this time.

Stopping by were Menifee District 3 Councilmember Lesa Sobek who has announced her intention to run for reelection for her seat that will be opening up after Nov. 3, and District 2 Councilmember Matt Liesemeyer. Liesemeyer remains on the council until 2022.

Members of the Menifee Chamber of Commerce were also in attendance.

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