Council Member Maryann Edwards

Maryann, her husband Tom, and 3 children under the age of 4 moved to Temecula from Orange County in 1991. She immediately established her consulting firm offering branding, marketing, messaging and image management services to medium and large companies in the growing Temecula Valley, Orange County, and San Diego. 

Over the next 25 years, Maryann would support Temecula residents through active participation on dozens of non-profit boards and on every key Temecula steering committee including the Old Town Renovation Committee, Ronald H. Roberts Public Library Committee, Director, Cal State University San Marcos, Foundation Board; Riverside County Integrated Plan Committee; Murrieta Creek Restoration and Flood Control Committee; Vice Chairman First 5 County Commission Advisory Board; President, Assistance League of Temecula Valley; the Yes on C Committee to fund and maintain Temecula’s 40 beautiful city parks; Vice Chair, Murrieta/Temecula Business Advocacy Group; Executive Committee, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; Riverside County Transportation Agency; Executive Board, Riverside County Conservation Authority; Chairman, Joint Powers Financing Authority, Southwest Cities/Riverside County Coalition (animal shelter) and more. 

Because of Maryann’s volunteer work with TVUSD, PTA, and the City of Temecula to find traffic circulation solutions near Temecula schools and in neighboring tracts, she was appointed to the City of Temecula’s Public/Traffic Safety Commission in 1998 where she spent three years and served as the Chairman in 2000.  This was a time of tremendous growth in Temecula, facilitating the completion of the Pala Bridge, the Overland Bridge, the widening of the Rancho California Road bridge over Murrieta Creek, Widening of the Winchester Road bridge, the adoption/purchase of Winchester Road (Hwy. 79N) and Hwy. 79S from the State to allow the City of Temecula to affect street/median improvements, control signal timing, etc. street system under Temecula’s jurisdiction. 

In 2001, Maryann was elected to the Temecula Valley Unified School District Governing Board. From 2001 – 2005 TVUSD would plan and build nine schools including the 96,000SF International Baccalaureate accredited Great Oak High School.

Because of her more than 15 years of outstanding leadership and vision, in 2005, Edwards was appointed by the Temecula City Council to fill the temporary vacancy created when Council Member Jeff Stone was elected to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.  Since that time, Maryann has run for re-election to the city council three times, winning handily over the field of opponents. 

Over her many years of service, Maryann Edwards has received numerous honors and awards including the Woman of the Year, 75th State Assembly District (Assembly. Woman Marie Waldron), Woman of Merit, North County Times; The Family First Award, LDS Churches’ of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; California State PTA Outstanding Service Award; Citizen of the Year, Temecula/Murrieta Valley Kiwanis; Temecula’s Good Neighbor Award (twice honored); and more. 

Maryann and “Dr. Tom” celebrated their 40th Anniversary on October 16, 2016. Together they survived Tom’s completion of law school at night while working full time during the day, the birth of 3 children within 36 months (Congratulations! It’s twins!), the planning and construction of two historic antebellum homes, the hanging of hundreds of yards of wallpaper, the graduation of all three children and their college years, three government appointments, and 5 local elections resulting in more than 26 years of loving community service and eyeball level involvement.  Needless to say, Dr. Tom is a saint.  

“Working for my fellow Temecula residents in the city I have loved and served for nearly 30 years is a joy and a true labor of love. I am honored to have played a small part in Temecula’s carefully planned growth into the beautiful city we all know and love today. Whether as a public official or grateful volunteer, I will continue to serve our beautiful city and its residents in every way possible for the rest of my life.”

Current & Recent Terms

  • Appointed February 8, 2005 to fill Jeff Stone's vacant seat
  • Elected November 7, 2006
  • Re-elected November 3, 2010, and November 4, 2014
  • Up for re-election in November 2018

Public & Community Service

Mayor 2009, 2014
Mayor Pro Tem 2008, 2013, 2016
Council Member (2005-2006, 2006-2010, 2010-2014, 2014-2018)
Commissioner: Temecula Public/Traffic Safety Commission (1998-2001)
Chair, Temecula Public/Traffic Safety Commission (2000)

City Council Assignments:

Public/Traffic Safety Commission Council Liaison
Arts and Cultural Affairs Committee
E-Government and Temecula Outreach Committee
Economic Development Committee
Finance Committee
Infrastructure Beautification Committee
Joint City Council/TVUSD Committee
Public Works Committee
Southwest Cities Coalition Committee
Youth, Family and Health Regional Task Force
Human Services Ad Hoc Subcommittee
Murrieta Creek Project Ad Hoc Subcommittee
Promenade In Temecula Ad Hoc Subcommittee
Roripaugh Ranch Ad Hoc Subcommittee
Strategic Fiscal Planning Ad Hoc Subcommittee
Wall of Honor Ad Hoc Subcommittee


Assistance League of Temecula Valley, Member/President (1993-Present)
League of California Cities, Past Member.  Alternate Council Voting Delegate
Murrieta/Temecula Group, Vice President (1999-2005)
National League of Cities, Past Member: Human Development Policy & Advocacy Committee.  Alternate Council Voting Delegate
PEO, Temecula Chapter, Member (Present)
Rancho Community Church, Member (Present)
Riverside County Child Safety Commission/School District Liaison
Riverside County Conservation Agency (RCA), Director (Present)
Riverside County First 5 Commission Advisory Committee, Vice Chair (1998-2001)
Riverside County Habitat Conservation Authority (RCHCA), Past Director/ Current Alternate
Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) Representative
Rotary Club of Temecula, Member (Present)
Safe Alternatives for Everyone, Founding Director (1998-2005)
Safe Alternatives for Everyone, Advisory Board (2005-present)
Southwest Riverside County Communities Financing Authority (Animal Shelter), Chair (Present)
Southwest Riverside County Economic Development Corporation, Director (1998-2005)
Susan G. Komen Foundation, Inland Empire Affiliate (1998-2005)
Temecula Theatre Foundation, Director (2000-2005)
Temecula Valley Unified School District, Governing Board Member (2001-2005)


Citizen of the Year, Temecula Valley Kiwanis International (2002)
Women of Merit, North County Times, San Diego, California (2000)
Temecula Good Neighbor of the Year (1998 and 1999)

Key Objectives

Establish California State University San Marcos, Temecula Campus (opened 9/2008)
Establish Nationally Acclaimed Hi-Tech Trade School/College in Temecula
Completion of Current CIP Infrastructure Projects Totaling $300 Million Including French Valley Parkway Freeway Interchange
Completion of Temecula Medical Center (2010)
Completion of Old Town Temecula Civic Center & Town Square (2010)
Completion of $140 Million Army Corps of Engineers Murrieta Creek Flood Control Project
Annex 5000 Acre Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve for Preservation as Open Space
Completion of City of Temecula/Caltrans Signal Interconnect Synchronization


University of Nevada, Reno – CSBA, Masters in Governance