(Updated Friday, August 17, 2007, 11:07 a.m.)

Former mayor Jim Lindley had said he was done with politics after last November, when he failed to win reelection to a third term on the Hesperia City Council.

Forever is a long time, however, and Lindley's name will appear on the ballot again November 6, as a candidate for a seat on the five-member Victor Valley College Board of Trustees.

"There were two seats open, and only one incumbent filed," Lindley said Tuesday afternoon. With one incumbent not running, the deadline was extended to Tuesday afternoon.

Lindley will be vying for an open seat against incumbent Joe Range and would-be board members Tony Penna, Joyce Sweet, Daniel Tan, Carl Tate and Angela Valles. Incumbent Thomas M. Elder II did not file the papers needed to run for reelection.

The former mayor's time on the city council was marked by contentious debates over a number of hot-button issues, including the approval of a Municipal Services Agreement with the Timbisha-Shoshone tribe for a casino and the dissolution of the Hesperia Fire Department.

But the college holds a special place in his heart, he said.

"I love the college, man, I do. I have two degrees from there, I taught there for several years."

Prior to accepting a position with the County of San Bernardino, Lindley taught at several area colleges.

This election campaign will be a more relaxed affair compared to the city council races he's participated in, he said.

"It's going to be low-key," Lindley said. "I'm not looking to raise a huge amount of money, just enough to get my name out there.

He had previously sought to be appointed to fill the vacant 1st District seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors following Bill Postmus' election as County Assessor.

"You get the bug to serve, and you want to serve."

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.