Chuck Washington appointed supervisor
By JP Crumrine
The Hill received a new supervisor this year. Chuck Washington, former Temecula city councilman and mayor pro-tem, now represents Riverside County’s 3rd District.
On March 4, 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Washington, 62, to fill the vacancy on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors after Jeff Stone was elected the 28th District state senator in November 2014. The 3rd District seat includes all of the Hill and west to Temecula.
Washington, whose term will end in December 2016, quickly opened his campaign to be elected to a full, four-year term. Since his appointment, he has been a frequent visitor to the Hill, including at the Idyllwild Community Center’s first fundraiser in September. He also has generously helped several local organizations, especially the Idyllwild HELP Center, Soroptimist International of Idyllwild and the scholarship fund for the Idyllwild Arts Academy Summer Program.
Washington is a registered Democrat and the only one on the current Board of Supervisors. But two Republican challengers have already announced their intention to oppose him.
In April, only a month after Washington’s appointment, Randon Lane, Murrieta councilman and mayor pro tem, was the first candidate to announce his challenge to Washington. He was first elected to the Murrieta council in 2008.
In August, Shellie Milne, Hemet councilwoman, announced she was seeking Washington’s seat on the board. Milne is not the career politician. She first sought public office in 2014 when she ran for and won a seat on the Hemet City Council.
“-Milne is not the career politician.”
If both stay in the race, the June primary will narrow the field to the top two vote getters. The next supervisor will then be decided in the November election.
Following Washington’s appointment, Board Chair Marion Ashley, 5th District, made the following comments in the press release. “… It is truly momentous because Chuck is the first African-American to sit on the Board of Supervisors. I’m sure he will do a tremendous job. … As expected, the governor made an excellent appointment.”
Stone and Washington served together on the Temecula City Council and also worked together when Washington was a member of the Murrieta City Council.