Only two of the eight likely candidates running for Hesperia City Council this fall have begun raising or spending money, according to campaign disclosure statements released this week.

California law requires that any candidate who has raised or spent more than $1,000 must file California Form 460, the Recipient Committee Campaign Statement.

Only three likely candidates filed the form in time for the July 31 deadline, which covers funds raised or spent between January 1 and June 30 of this year: Russ Blewett, the 1st District county planning commissioner; Mark Kirk, the chief of staff for Supervisor Gary Ovitt; and Mayor Mike Leonard, a retired San Bernardino County firefighter and the only incumbent expected to run in this fall's election.

Russ Blewett

As of June 30, the Friends of Russ Blewett had raised $33,550 and spent $8,397. His largest contribution, for $2,000, was received from Desert Valley Hospital. He received $1,200 donations from Kathryn Blewett, Citizens for Brulte, Brutoco Construction Management Group, Palm Desert Development Company, Inland Group, Rancho Las Flores LLC and Robertson's. Blewett received $1,000 donations from Lewis Investment Company, Rialto Development Company, Robert Michael Ozell and Viking Run.

Blewett, who was formerly a planning commissioner for the city of Hesperia, received donations from his former colleagues Joline Bell Hahn ($300) and Paul Russ ($150).

Mark Kirk

Like Blewett, many of Kirk's contributors are in real estate development in some fashion.

As of June 30, the Mark Kirk for City Council committee had collected $47,920 and spent $23,578. Kirk's biggest donations include $2,500 donations from the Lewis Investment Company and Majestic Realty and $1,000 donations from Bill Emmerson for Assembly, Inland Group, Mitsubishi Cement, Palm Desert Development, Rialto Development, San Bernardino County Firefighters Local 935, Veritas Health Services and Young Homes.

Kirk received donations from some prominent names in the Hesperia Unified School District, including a $500 donation from the HUSD's law firm, Wagner and Pelayes, a $250 donation from retired schoolteacher Lee Samuels, $150 from Hesperia Teachers Association President Jim Pace and $1,002 from school board president Robert Kirk, who is also the candidate's father.

Mike Leonard

The Committee to Re-Elect Mike Leonard had raised and spent no money by June 30, according to his campaign disclosure statements.

Other filings

Some campaign financial disclosure forms for Hesperia Unified School District school board members and Hesperia Recreation and Park District board members were only available directly from the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters and will be subject of a story in the August 12 edition of the Hesperia Star.

Campaign disclosure forms covering period between July 1 and September 30 are due October 6. The period between October 1 and October 18 is covered in a filing due October 23. Contributions received between October 19 and November 3 must be reported in special filings within 24 hours of receipt. The comprehensive list of contributions received between October 19 and December 31 is due on February 2, 2009.

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