Sunday, November 8, 2009

St. Sen. Benoit becomes Supervisor tomorrow

On Monday morning, Nov. 9, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors will welcome its fifth member. On Wednesday, Nov. 4, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his decision to appoint St. Sen. John J. Benoit (R 37th disrict) to fill the remaining term of former 4th District Supervisor Roy Wilson.

Chairman of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors Jeff Stone, and 3rd District Supervisor, said Monday’s swearing in will be a small private affair. A public ceremony will be held at the next scheduled board meeting 9 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Benoit’s resignation is effective Sunday, Nov. 8.

“It is not an easy thing to do, sign the letter resigning from the state senate,” he said. ‘But it’s right for me and good for Riverside County and the fourth district.”

The election to choose Benoit’s successor has not been scheduled, but Riverside County Registrar of Voters, Barbara Dunmore, has posted several possibilities. The primary would likely be in January and the general election in March 2010.

Wilson resigned on Aug. 21 and passed on only five days later. The governor has the authority to appoint a county supervisor’s replacement.

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