Tumultuous arc reaches conclusion as Stewart heads back to Temecula City Council

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Former Temecula Mayor James Stewart is set to return to the Temecula City Council after resigning five months ago over an email that was criticized as racist, although he has always maintained it resulted from a typo. With most of the vote tallying complete – just a few thousand vote-by-mail and provisional ballots across the entirety of Riverside County remained to be counted as of Nov. 27 – Stewart has trounced his opposition in the four-way race for Temecula City Council District 4, earning 4,388 votes, while his closest opponent, Adam Ruiz, trailed by more than 1,000. Ruiz received 3,226 votes, followed by Sonia Perez with 2,224 votes and Mark Gular with 1,608 votes. It’s been a tumultuous year for Stewart’s political fortunes – he received the title of mayor in Decembe
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