As the competitors seeking the two open seats on the Hesperia City Council round the final turn in the race, candidate Mark Kirk remains way, way out in front of the rest of the pack when it comes to fund-raising, and is on track to claim the all-time record by November 4.


California election law requires any candidate who has raised or spent more than $1,000 must file California Form 460, the Recipient Committee Campaign Statement. Forms due Thursday, October 23, covered the period between October 1 and October 18.


Kirk raised $65,414 this reporting period, bringing his overall contributions to $140,242 this year. During the same period, Kirk spent $34,330, for a total of $131,269 this year. With two and a half weeks between the end of the reporting period and Election Day, he's only $20,347 behind the $151,616 spending record set by Councilman Ed Pack in 2006.


Kirk's major donors include $5,000 donations from Frontier Commercial LLC, Oak Valley Management, High Desert Leadership Committee, Jeffrey S. Burum Enterprises and the SB County Safety Employees' Benefit Association, $2,500 donations from the Lewis Investment Group and SB Public Employees Association PAC, $2,000 donations from Majestic Land LLC, Majestic Realty and Veritas Health Services (Chino Valley Medical Center) and $1,000 donations from Hagman for Assembly and Inland Group.


Kirk also received a $20,000 loan from the Committee to Elect Gary Ovitt (the committee had previously leant Kirk's campaign $5,000) and a $5,000 loan from Roman G. Nava, Ovitt's district director and Kirk's coworker. (Kirk is Ovitt's chief of staff.)


Russ Blewett raised $10,570 between October 1 and October 18 and spent $26,610. This year, he has raised a total of $61,170 and spent $60,388. His biggest donations during the most recent period included $7,500 from Inland Empire PAC, $1,200 from Spring Hill Suites by Marriott and $1,000 from Vanguard Builders.


Paul Bosacki raised only an additional $600 during the latest reporting period, bringing his year to date total to $6,568.


Mayor Mike Leonard raised $4,847 during the reporting period, bringing his total to $11,188. His two biggest donations were a $2,500 donation from the San Bernardino County Public Employees Association and a $2,000 donation from the Lewis Investment Group. But Leonard only spent $250 of his funds in the same period, bringing his total to date to $2,181.


City council candidates Dennis Arquette, Scott Bennett and Rochelle Garner have all raised and spent $1,000 or less for their campaigns, and were not required to file 460 forms.


Al Vogler, the husband of Councilwoman Rita Vogler, has his own political action committee this election season, Hesperia Free Press. The committee raised an additional $4,800 during the reporting period -- a loan from Vogler himself -- bringing his total loans received this year to $14,300. He spent $10,426 during the period, on three mailings sent to potential voters.


(Financial disclosure forms for the Hesperia Unified School District school board race were not available by press time Friday. A story covering those forms will appear on HesperiaStar.com during the week of October 27 and in the November 4 edition of the Hesperia Star.)


Campaign contributions received between October 19 and November 3 must be reported in special Form 497 filings within 24 hours of receipt.


On Wednesday, October 22, Kirk received a $5,000 contribution from the Kendrew Development Company. Kirk will need to raise still more money, however, win or lose: As of October 18, his campaign is $59,525 in debt.


Campaign disclosure forms covering the period between October 19 and December 31 are due on February 2, 2009.


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