While some of their counterparts in the city council race have already amassed tens of thousands of dollars, the candidates for the two seats on the Hesperia Unified School District school board this year are all starting with no cash in their campaign war chests.

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.

Of the past and future school board candidates who filed forms in time for the July 31 deadline, which covers funds raised or spent between January 1 and June 30 of this year, only one has any cash remaining in his campaign's piggy bank.

In contrast, city council candidates Russ Blewett and Mark Kirk -- each linked to the school board, Blewett as the father of Lori Nielson, the spokeswoman for the attempted recall of three school board members, and Mark Kirk, the son of school board president Robert Kirk -- between them have already raised more than $80,000.

Robert Kirk

As of June 30, school board president Robert Kirk is the only candidate with any campaign funds available, according to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters. The Robert Kirk for School Board committee has $2,088 cash on hand. His only declared expenditures were business card purchases.

Recall committee

The committee that funded the unsuccessful attempt to recall Kirk, Hardy Black and Lee Rogers, Hesperia Education First for the Recall of H. Black, R. Kirk and L. Rogers still had $1,704 on hand as of June 30, having raised a total of $13,406 in the first half of this year, and having spent a total of $11,593 in the same period.

Anthony Riley

Anthony Riley, who has pulled the paperwork necessary to run for the school board this November, has no school board election committee yet, but does have one for his successful bid in June for a seat on the Republican Central Committee. Riley's committee, the Committee to Elect Anthony Riley, raised no cash, but received a $2,665 non-monetary donation from a Rancho Santa Margarita Political Action Committee, the Alliance for Ethical Government, which handled the printing and mailing of campaign advertisements for him.

Eric Swanson

Former school board member turned current school board candidate Eric Swanson did not file a 460, but rather filed -- back in mid-July -- filed a 501 Candidate Intention Statement, and declared no funds on hand at all.

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.

This story was to appear in the August 12 edition of the Hesperia Star, but was bumped for space reasons. It will appear instead in the August 19 edition. We regret any inconvenience.

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