At the November 2014 Midterm Election Hesperia voters will be deciding who will be representing them in many State, County, Regional and local elected offices.
There are many state offices in Hesperia that we will be deciding, but Our Hesperia is going to only focus on just a few of major importance.
The biggest hitter is the California State Governor – Currently held by ‘ Jerry’ Brown.
There are a lot of potential and declared names in this race, but the three that are standing out are incumbent ‘Jerry Brown’, local Assemblyman Tim Donnelly and former Lieutenant Governor, Abel Maldonado. It is a sure bet that Jerry Brown will win the Democratic support, but at this time it is a coin toss between Tim Donnelly or Abel Maldonado taking the second spot on the November election ballot.
Even though there are many candidates running for this office in the primary, only two, regardless of their party affiliation will move on to the November ballot.
33rd State Assembly – Currently held by Tim Donnelly
Tim Donnelly has decided to run for the governor’s seat.
As far as declared candidates there are four, three of whom are Apple Valley Mayor Pro Tem Art Bishop, former Apple Valley Councilman Rick Roelle, Apple Valley resident Brett Savage.
On the Undeclared / Rumors side, Hesperia Mayor Pro-Tem Eric Schmidt’s name is floating around the community that he may throw his hat into the ring for the 33rd Assembly seat.
Assessor/Recorder – Currently Dennis Draeger
Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector – Currently Larry Walker
District Attorney – Currently Mike Ramos
Sheriff/Coroner/Public Administrator – Currently John McMahon
County Superintendent Of Schools – Currently Gary Thomas (he has already said that he will be retiring)
San Bernardino County Board Of Education 1st District – Currently Mark Sumpter.
The above elected seats will take a little more time to figure out where they stand.
Victor Valley Community College District – Currently up for election 2014 – Lorrie Denson, Dennis Henderson and Brandon Wood.
There has been no word on the street if any of the above will run again at this time. Our Hesperia suspects that all three will rerun for office.
Lorrie Denson would be seeking her second term.
Dennis Henderson would be seeking his fourth term.
Brandon Wood, who was appointed, would be seeking his first full term.
There has been a lot of problems over the last couple of years and it will be very interesting to see what the community will be doing about these offices over the next 10 months.
City Of Hesperia City Council – Currently up for election in November 2014 – Russ Blewett, Bill Holland and ‘Smitty’ Smith
It is very early for these seats to be declared, but all three have spoken around town and all three have said that they will be running again.
There were some early bumps, but over the last three years all three have done a fairly good job in giving the city positive direction.
Russ Blewett would be seeking his second term.
Bill Holland would be seeking his second term.
Thurston ‘Smitty’ Smith is currently the mayor and would be seeking his third term.
Hesperia Unified School District – Currently up for election in November 2014 – Hardy Black, Niccole Childs and Eric Swanson.
In this race it also if very early, but Niccole Childs and Eric Swanson have spoken out that they will be running again. Nothing has floated around if Hardy Black will seek another term.
Niccole Childs and Eric Swanson have done an excellent job in turning around the school district and getting it on the correct path.
Niccole Childs is currently the board president and would be seeking her second term.
Hardy Black in currently the clerk and would be seeking his third term.
Eric Swanson would be seeking his third term.
Hesperia Recreation and Park District – Currently up for election in November 2014 – Kelly Gregg, Mike Limbaugh and Rebekah Swanson.
Another race that is very early, but Rebekah Swanson has spoken out that she will be running again. Nothing has been rumored around town if Kelly Gregg and Mike Limbaugh will seek another term.
Kelly Gregg would be seeking his second term.
Mike Limbaugh is currently the Vice-President and would be seeking his fifth term.
Rebekah Swanson is currently the Board President and would be seeking her third term.
The above local office have until late July or Early August to declare their candidacy.
There were many predictions that Our Hesperia made around four years ago, some have come true and many did not.
Our Hesperia suggested that the city council would be split and would have a difficult time staying on the same page. This did not happen as Bill Holland, Russ Blewett and Smitty Smith worked out many differences and were able to work together making a great team for the city.
Hesperia Unified School District provided very interesting watching as Niccole Childs and Eric Swanson brought unity and more consistency to the board. In the first two years the turmoil and dynamics between Chris Bentley, Hardy Black and Anthony Riley was a great challenge for any board to overcome, but it was very clear that Niccole Childs and Eric Swanson were able to settle down the volatility between the three. Over the last year it is very clear that Niccole Childs, Ella “Lee” Rogers and Eric Swanson have taken a very solid role in helping set the direction of the district on a better path.
Last, but not least is the Hesperia Recreation and Park District. With the solid leadership of Bob Chandler, Mike Limbaugh and Rebekah Swanson, the district has been able to overcome the constant disruption that has been created by Andrew ‘Andy’ Cowan and Kelly Gregg.
Between the three local elected districts, it is very difficult to complain about their current status or their leadership directions. Hesperia is defiantly proceeding is a positive direction and we in Hesperia may want to take care in the November Midterm Election electing anyone that would take us off this positive road our elected officials are taking our community.