RANCHO MIRAGE —Richard W. Kite and Ted Weill have announced they will seek re-election
to the Rancho Mirage City Council, according to Chris Lucker, a political consultant.

The mail ballot election is April 14, 2020.

Kite and Weill will be making their formal announcement at an event on the steps of Rancho Mirage City Hall at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. At the same event, both Kite and Weill will collect the 30 signatures they each need to complete their nomination papers.

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Richard Kite

Kite was elected to the Rancho Mirage City Council in April of 2000, where he served as mayor from April 2001 to April 2002. In April 2004, he was re-elected for another four-year term on the City Council, running unopposed. He served again as mayor for the city from April 2006 to April 2007. In April of 2008, he was re-elected for another four-year term on the City Council. On May 6, 2010, Kite was selected to be mayor from May 2010 to April 2011. In 2012, he ran unopposed and appointed by City Council for another four-year term. He was once again mayor for the city from April 2013 to May 2014. In 2016, he was re-elected for another four-year term on the City Council and was sworn in as mayor on May 3, 2018.

Rancho MirageWeill was appointed to the City Cuncil on Dec. 20, 2012. In April 2014 he was elected to a two-year term winning more than  73% of the vote. Weill  was overwhelmingly re-elected in April 2016 to a four-year term and became Mayor on April 21, 2016.

In a joint prepared statement, Kite and Weill said, “In our years serving our community, we have
been fortunate to be part of so many positive and productive changes. It is rewarding to participate in the decisions that have made the Rancho Mirage economy, community services and quality of life flourish over the years.”

According to Lucker, Kite’s and Weill’s leadership have led to numerous accomplishments that include:

• The River
The Rancho Mirage Energy Authority
Rancho Mirage Library and subsequent remodel
Observatory and Planetarium
Children’s Discovery Museum
Rancho Mirage Dog Park
Rancho Mirage Community park and Amphitheater
• The finest high-end auto corridor in the Valley
• Preservation of our mountain vistas.

Dana Hobart, Charles Townsend and Iris Smotrich round out the five-member City Council.

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