Menifee council appoints Dean Deines to unopposed District 4 seat

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Dean Deines will hold the city council seat for Menifee’s District 4 seat another four years. He was appointed after running unopposed for the seat. Valley News/Courtesy photo
The Menifee City Council called a special meeting Wednesday, Aug. 24, concerning candidate Dean Deines who was running unopposed for the District 4 council seat in the upcoming Nov. 8 election. The council saw no need to list their previously elected fellow councilmember on the November ballot and instead appointed him to retain his position for the next four years, saving the city $60,000.A legal question arose about the action, which was explained by city attorney Jeffery Melching. Melching explained to the council that the appointment was appropriate under the election code since no one else pulled papers for the District 4 seat except incumbent Deines.Melching said that the appointment was not uncommon, and currently nine other Riverside County cities were in the same situation
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