Special election scheduled to fill Benoit's Senate seat
A primary election to fill the state Senate seat vacated by John Benoit, a Palm Desert Republican, will be held April 13, with a general election June 8, as a result of a proclamation issued today by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The special election is needed because Benoit was appointed to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.
Assemblyman Bill Emmerson (R-Redlands) and former Assemblyman Russ Bogh, a Republican and Beaumont businessman, have already said they would run in the heavily Republican district.
The seat represents an area that includes Riverside County and all or portions of Banning, Corona, Desert Hot Springs, Hemet, La Quinta, Lake Elsinore, Moreno Valley, Norco, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Perris, Rancho Mirage, San Jacinto and Sun City.
—Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento