Although elected offices in Hesperia, the Hesperia Unified School District and Hesperia Recreation and Park District are non-partisan, nearly all of the 15 men and women holding those seats describe themselves as Republicans. But the community they serve is much more evenly divided.

Of Hesperia's 31,520 registered voters (as of July 7), only 13,468 of them, or 42 percent, are registered Republicans. There are 11,019 voters in Hesperia who are registered Democrats, or almost 35 percent of them. And almost 18 percent of Hesperians (5,657 registered voters) are registered as independents, according to figures provided by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters.

San Bernardino County is split almost right down the middle: Of the 760,619 registered voters in the county, 301,273, or 39.6 percent, are registered Republican, 299,020, or 39.3 percent are registered Democrats. And 17 percent of county residents are registered as independents.

In contrast to Hesperia's lean to the right, the cities of Victorville and Adelanto both favor Democrats. Of the 34,482 registered voters in Victorville, 41 percent (14,432) of them are registered Democrats, 35 percent (12,373) are registered Democrats and 18 percent (6,397) are registered as independents. Of the 7,006 registered voters in Adelanto, 46 percent (3,286) of them are registered Democrats, 27 percent (1,952) are registered Republicans and just under 21 percent (1,468) are registered as independents.

The town of Apple Valley is the true Republican stronghold in the Victor Valley: 49 percent (or 15,598 voters) or the 31,641 town's registered voters are Republicans. Only 30 percent are registered as Democrats and just under 16 percent (15,598) are registered as independents.

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