Temecula City Council agrees to leave mayor seat vacant after Stewart’s resignation

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Temecula Mayor Pro Tem Maryann Edwards presides over the Temecula City Council's June 9 meeting, the first one since Mayor James Stewart's resignation over an email that many condemned as racist.
The Temecula City Council will leave vacant both the position of mayor and the open seat on the council following the resignation of former mayor James Stewart, councilmembers agreed Tuesday night. Councilmembers quickly came to the conclusion that the closeness of the upcoming election — Stewart was up for reelection in November regardless — made it more practical to allow voters to decide on Stewart’s replacement on the council. As for the position of mayor, which is rotated among the councilmembers annually and had just been passed to Stewart in December, the council all agreed, after some discussion, that the position would remain open for the remainder of the year “in the spirit of unity,” as Councilman Mike Naggar summed it up. The former mayor stepped down June 4 ove
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