Outspoken school board critic Chris Bentley is putting his money where his mouth is, and will likely be a candidate for the board this fall.

Bentley picked up the paperwork necessary to begin a run for office on Tuesday from the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters.

The parent of elementary school age children, Bentley has been a fixture in local newspaper opinion pages for almost two years -- and on the Hesperia Star comment sections for stories -- and has been a regular at HUSD school board meetings, where he has attacked perceived waste by administrators and members of previous school boards.

Bentley is the seventh probable candidate to seek one of the two open seats on the school board available in the November 4 election.

Erin Bakas, Bruce Henson, Chris Lindsey, Eric Swanson, Frank Rich and Anthony Riley have previously picked up their papers from the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters.

Incumbent Bruce Minton announced his resignation at Monday's school board meeting and board member Helen Rogers is not expected to run for reelection.

The Hesperia City Council race is even more crowded, with eight candidates seeking two seats: Dennis K. Arquette, Scott Bennett, Russ Blewett, Paul Bosacki, Rochelle Garner, Lawrence E. Henson, Mark Kirk and Mayor Mike Leonard have all picked up the papers necessary to run for office from the Hesperia City Clerk.

Leonard's fellow incumbent, Councilman Tad Honeycutt, has said he will not be running for a third four-year term in office.

Incumbents Bob Chandler and Jack Hamilton are the only people currently looking for the two seats available on the Hesperia Recreation and Park Board.

Two Hesperians are also running for the one local seat on the Mojave Water Agency: Incumbent Richard Hall and local businessman Brian Pierce.

Would-be city candidates need to have their completed paperwork returned to the office of the Hesperia City Clerk (for city council candidates) or the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters (for school board candidates) by August 13 at 5 p.m.

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