Temecula council selects new mayor, mayor pro tem

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The Temecula city council conducted its annual reorganization at its Dec. 10 meeting, naming a new mayor and mayor pro tempore.

James “Stew” Stewart will serve as mayor in Temecula’s 31st year as a city, along with Maryann Edwards as mayor pro tem.

Stewart, the current mayor pro tem, is a local barbershop owner who has served on the council since 2016. Edwards, a past member of the Temecula Valley Unified School District’s governing board, has sat on the city council since 2005 and has served as mayor three times. 2020 will be Stewart’s first rotation as mayor.

“Temecula still really is a small town, when the local barber can become mayor,” Stewart said. “So here we are in Mayberry, and thank you all for putting your trust in me, and I hope to do a really good job.”

Outgoing Mayor Mike Naggar, who will remain in his position until the end of the year, thanked Stewart for his efforts as mayor pro tem.

“This year as mayor was a very busy time for me, but I have to tell you I could not have had a better mayor pro tem than James Stewart,” Naggar said.

Leaders of the Temecula Community Services District – which city councilmembers serve concurrently as board members of – were also selected.

Councilman Zak Schwank will serve as the Community Services District’s president. Schwank, a previous member of the Temecula Community Services Commission, was elected to his seat on the council last year.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.