Politics & Government

Jerry Brown finds Democrat to fill Riverside seat

In this March 8 2014 file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks as protesters opposing fracking hold up signs during the general session at the California Democratic Party’s convention in Los Angeles.
In this March 8 2014 file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks as protesters opposing fracking hold up signs during the general session at the California Democratic Party’s convention in Los Angeles. AP

Riverside is one of the few big California counties where Republicans outnumber Democrats.

But Gov. Jerry Brown has found one of his own, announcing Wednesday the appointment of a Democratic Temecula city councilman to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

Charles Washington, 62, will be the only non-Republican on the Riverside County board.

Washington, a former airline pilot, replaces former Supervisor Jeff Stone, who left for a seat in the state Senate.

Brown’s choice may be short-lived. The seat comes up for election next year in a heavily Republican region.

Call David Siders, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1215. Follow him on Twitter @davidsiders.

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