I have been a teacher in the Hesperia Unified School District for 23 years. Driving to my school, I have seen the signs for Anthony Riley who is running for a seat on the Hesperia Unified School District Board. The large signs say, "Endorsed by Hesperia Teachers." This is not true.

Anthony Riley was endorsed by the Representative Council of the Hesperia Teachers Association following a vote at a Rep Council meeting. The article in the recent issue of the Hesperia Star ("Anthony Riley Hopes to Land on the School Board") more correctly states that his "candidacy has been endorsed by the Hesperia Teachers Association."

This is an important distinction. The sign makes it sound as if ALL Hesperia teachers support Anthony Riley. This is another example of the union misrepresenting their members. Many people would be surprised to learn that some teachers not only don't endorse Anthony Riley, they do not endorse ANY candidate. Some of us object to the union's support of many issues and candidates and do not believe in the concept of forced membership in the union.

When the HTA president, Jim Pace, was asked about the signs, he was not sure why that makes a difference to teachers, since they are the "exclusive teacher organization". Let me explain it: A union is the exclusive representative for the purposes of collectively bargaining wages, hours, and conditions of employment for a group of employees. They do not represent the political or ideological views of its members. This is why I resigned my membership from this union and receive a rebate of my political portion of my dues from the CTA.

I hope that Anthony Riley will want to remedy this misrepresentation of his candidacy to the public by amending his signs.