In the past you may have read either my Hesperia Star forum comments or my letters to the editor, in any regard I have always been a person that looks at all the facts.  Many times in the past we have seen different political groups jockeying for position to get the upper hand on public opinion and this election year in Hesperia will be no less different.


So far in the city council race, we are seeing two groups at the starting line, the Vogler's supported candidates Paul Bosacki and Michael Leonard against Russ Blewett and Mark Kirk.  Now, let me make one thing perfectly clear, I believe Mark Kirk and Russ Blewett do not appear to be directly on the same team, but both have similar development ideas.  I have read that Mark and Russ have some kind of non-mud slinging pack, but both of their main goals appear to be in the direction of splitting up the Vogler's power of three on the city council.  I believe that the Vogler's, main focus is getting a fourth vote on the council.  The other city council candidates, thou I appreciated their views, look to be staggered behind Russ, Paul, Mark, and Mike.


What becomes intriguing is the background noise and money that will be influencing this race.  Starting with Mark Kirk coming into the race with a great amount of money from his ties to 4th district county supervisor Gary Ovitt and Russ Blewett having many developer ties similar to Mark.  Then on the other side, Paul Bosacki and Mike Leonard have contribution ties to Al and Rita Vogler.  Al Vogler has also set up a personal Political Action Committee called, "Hesperia Free Press", to help set his direction of how he wants the community to vote this November.  This PAC looks like it's basically for attacking Russ Blewett, Mark Kirk and Anthony Riley who is running for school board and is supported by the teacher's union and Robert Kirk.


Now for the second big campaign in Hesperia, the school district race.  This one is a lot more wound up than the city council race because of the teacher's union and the current board's power.  The big question that many may ask, why is the teacher's union getting involved with the school board race and why many want teacher's union to stay out of politics?


Well, first we must qualify who the teacher's union is and who they are not.  They are the bargaining unit for the Hesperia teachers and are not most all the teachers.  Colleen Hover is an example of a teacher that does not like who the union has supported and there are many others just like her.  Ask around and you will find that most teachers either cannot stand what their union is doing or don't care.  Almost two-thirds of the teachers live outside the school district boundaries, but nonetheless their goal is to get Anthony Riley, Mark Kirk's and Robert Kirk's friend, elected to the school board.  Besides Anthony Riley, the teacher's union elected board tried to also get Chris Bentley endorsed.  The teachers site representatives voted down supporting Chris Bentley and left him to campaign alone.


On the other side of this race, we have Eric Swanson and Frank Rich being supported the the classified union.  The classified union are the employees that have been getting beat up by the current school board.  These folks are your secretaries, grounds keepers, custodians, maintenance, and many of support staff across the school district.   These folks keep the daily affairs of the school district running for the teachers to teach and the students to learn.  Now, here is where things get complicated in this race.  Our school district is in the middle of a power struggle with Robert Kirk, Hardy Black, and Lee Rogers (who is not Helen Rogers).  These three have taken full control of the school district and along with the teachers union are trying to get elected, on the school board, their fourth and fifth board member votes.


This brings up a another problem that has been written and talked about in and around town: Is it a good idea in our community of have elected bodies controlled by three or more votes from the same group? The three that control the school board are the first group to have controlled the board to my knowledge in Hesperia School District, but this is not the first time our city council has had three or more controlling votes.  This is an interesting dilemma for the voters in our community and that is do we want such power to control our elected agencies.  Currently, and in the past, has it been healthy to have such power in the hands of one group?


Many of the voters just received their absentee ballots in the mail and may I suggest that you pause a moment, take a week or two before you step forward and cast your vote.  Ask around, read the ballot statements and beware of the the mud that's being thrown; it may be just lies.  It looks to me, that this election could make one of the greatest differences in Hesperia's history.