A business owner and Hesperia resident for more than 16 years, I'm interested enough in my city's government to attend City Council meetings and serve on a few committees. I attended the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce City Council Candidate Forum on Monday, October 20 and found a rare opportunity for Hesperian's to interact with their candidates in person.
I was impressed by the forum in so many ways but mainly that the program featured politicians and did not run over time. This may be partly explained in that Scott Bennett, Rochelle M. Garner and Dennis K. Arquette were not present.
Russ Blewett announced that he was the mayor of Baldwin Park in 1971, like it was a good thing, and was clueless about our regional water issues. I grew up in Covina and was a teenager in the 70's. Baldwin Park was the place to avoid if you weren't a gang member, drug addict or prostitute.
Blewett's confident views on water were blatantly skewed toward attracting development so that he and his cronies can make more money, but there wasn't much actual fact involved in his statement.
Mark Kirk was likeable and new. As an option, I think he would do an earnest job, but I think I prefer to stick with what I know and I know nothing about Mark Kirk other than he's someone's son.
One of my votes will go to Paul Bosacki. Paul, the mailman, has been involved in City government for years as a citizen representative – for free. He doesn't always go with the traditional flow, which often flows down the BIA River; something many of will appreciate. I believe Paul Bosacki would represent ALL the citizens of Hesperia fairly and with conviction.
My other vote will go to Mayor Mike Leonard, who has lived in Hesperia for 40 years. He's a retired fireman whose focus in life has been to help make things better for people. As our mayor, he's proven his good character and has shown good judgment. I'm glad he's willing to serve another term.