In a surprise move, Hemet City Councilwoman Bonnie Wright tendered her resignation during the Hemet City Council meeting Tuesday, July 28.
Wright, who represents constiuents in the 4th District of the city, has served on council since 2012. She did not give a reason for tendering her written resignation.
Since Wright’s resignation comes just three months shy of the Nov. 3 general election, not leaving enough time for the seat to be placed on the ballot, the city will have to appoint a registered voter from within the 4th District to take her place within 60 days.
Wright, who moved to Hemet in 1983 with her husband and two sons, was first elected to council in 2012 and was reelected to her seat in 2016 while she was serving as mayor for the city. She was reelected to her seat in the 4th District by voters in 2018.
In addition to running her own full-service optical business in Hemet for 20 years, Wright worked for a member of Congress and is currently employed as a grant and loan manger for a public utility, her biography on the city of Hemet website said.
Wright held key positions on several nonprofit boards that included Chairman of the Hemet San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce, President of the Hemet Kiwanis, Valley Economic Development Corp and several other local service organizations. Her past recognitions include, Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year and Kiwanis International Distinguished Presidents Award.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
Tony Ault contributed to this story.