There may be a Hewitt on the ballot again in Calimesa.

Wendy Hewitt, the wife of former Calimesa Mayor Jeff Hewitt, who is now the 5th District Supervisor for Riverside County, has pulled papers to run for one of four at-large council seats in the November election.

Hewitt joins Mayor Bill Davis, Mayor Pro Tem Linda Molina and Councilman Ed Clark as those pulling papers for the three council seats open for four-year terms.

The remaining fourth at-large council seat is for two years and is held by appointee Jeff Cervantez, who, as of Monday, July 27, had made an appointment to pull papers to run for a council seat but had not done so, local elections official Darlene Gerdes said.

The seat is for the remaining two years of the late Councilman Jim Hyatt’s four-year term. Hyatt passed away unexpectedly in April 2019 and Cervantez, who narrowly lost his council bid just four months earlier, was appointed to fill the seat until the next election, which will be the general election on Nov. 3.

With the Aug. 6 deadline looming to submit papers, Gerdes confirmed no one had officially submitted their election papers.

“No one has returned their documents as yet,” she said.

Those interested in running for a Calimesa City Council seat have until close of business on Thursday, Aug. 6, to file their papers with Gerdes at Calimesa City Hall, which is closed on Fridays.

Calimesa is governed by five at-large councilmembers. Only Councilman Larry Smith is not up for re-election.

At-large seats mean those elected represent the entire city and therefore the seats are open to all residents. In contrast, neighboring Yucaipa elects its councilmembers by district, meaning candidates represent specific areas in the city and must live in the district where they are running for election.

Clark and Molina are completing their first terms on the Calimesa City Council, while Davis has served continuously since being elected in 2004.

While Hewitt does not have any council experience, she has been active in the community for many years, volunteering at local events and as a board member with the Calimesa Chamber of Commerce.

The Calimesa City Council meets the first and third Mondays of the month at the Norton Younglove Senior Center, next to city hall, on Park Avenue.


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