Voters in three western Riverside County locations Tuesday will choose whom they want to represent them on their local governing bodies.
In Menifee, residents will determine who fills the Third District seat left vacant following the May death of Councilman Wally Edgerton, who was among the first council members to win a seat at the same time the city incorporated in 2008. Four candidates round out the field, including former Councilwoman Darcy Kuenzi, a longtime aide to Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley.
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In Norco, three City Council seats are on the line. Councilwoman Kathy Azevedo decided not to seek re-election, leaving her seat up for grabs, while Councilman Berwin Hanna and Mayor Herb Higgins are attempting to fend off challenges from a slate of five contenders.
In Perris, six prospects are vying for a chance to finish out the first term of ex-Councilman Julio Cesar Rodriguez, who resigned in May under a plea agreement with the District Attorney's Office after he admitted one felony count of possession of drugs for sale. The conviction stemmed from Rodriguez's weekend tryst with two men that culminated in allegations of theft and methamphetamine use.
Not all jurisdictions within the county are holding elections this year. Only about 16 percent of the total number of residents on the county's voter rolls have elections in which to participate. Most other elections in the county are to fill seats on water and school boards, along with a desert recreation district.