Males and Searl face off in Hemet’s Nov. 2 special election for District 4 council seat

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Two candidates have officially filed to run for an open Hemet District 4 City Council seat to be determined by a special election on Nov. 3 Election Nov 2, according to the Hemet City Clerk’s office. They are Joe Males and Marc Searl, both known residents in the district. The seat was opened when a Riverside County Superior Court Judge annulled the Nov. 3, 2020, election of Males because he was alleged not to have lived in District 4 at the time his nomination papers were filed. Males had been serving on the council since January and until the judge, following judicial review, announced the election was annulled. Many local residents of the district and others voiced their opinion that the council should still appoint Males to his position on the council as Mayor Pro Tem even after
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