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Rancho Mirage City Council race heats up

Things are heating up ahead of the Rancho Mirage City Council elections as five members of the council will be elected by residents.

This municipal election happens on second Tuesday of April on even-numbered years. Officials are elected at large for four-year terms with no term limits imposed. The mayor is appointed every year on a rotational basis by the City Council.

On Wednesday morning, well-known business woman, Kate Spates, announced her candidacy for mayor and our camera caught up with her as she filed her paperwork.

Her candidacy is somewhat controversial because she is a CV Link supporter, which the city of Rancho Mirage has voted down. Spates had this to say on the issue, “I’m not running on the CV Link Platform. That issue has been voted down and shouldn’t be up for discussion.”

Dana Hobart, former mayor and current councilmember and candidate on the 2018 ballot, said this past April, he received a letter from Spate’s close friend, retired COO of Goldenvoice Skip Paige that reads in part: “I will not support a candidate that will not support the CV Link.”

Sitting council members Charles Vinci and Iris Smotrich are also hoping to return. Lawyer Michael Harrington, has filed his signatures but has not yet qualified. Brandon Ross, Robert Muller and Michael Monroe have not yet filed.

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