If you see Hesperia City Councilman Paul Bosacki in the grocery store, you might want to peek at his grocery list if you're looking to save a little money.


Bosacki's successful run for the Hesperia City Council in 2008 was also the cheapest: Each of his votes cost him a mere $.84 in campaign expenses. Councilman Mike Leonard, who was running as an incumbent, spent almost 50 percent more, $1.24 per vote, in his successful bid to be reelected.


According to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters' final Hesperia City Council vote tally, released on November 25, Mike Leonard received 8,983 votes, Bosacki received 8,095 votes, Mark Kirk received 5,888 votes and Russ Blewett received 5,756 votes. Only the top two vote getters received seats in the 2008 election.


Leonard's votes were still a bargain compared to the two candidates who came in third and fourth, based on campaign disclosure forms released the first week of February by the Hesperia City Clerk's office: Blewett spent $11.36 per vote, and Kirk, who set an all-time record for campaign expenditures, spent $28.37 per vote, almost 34 times what each of Bosacki's votes cost him.


The rest of the race


Candidates Rochelle Garner, Scott Bennett and Dennis Arquette each raised and spent less than $1,000 each, and combined, the three's votes only beat out Blewett by 10 votes. (Their vote counts, respectively, were 2,128, 1,832 and 1,796.)


But what votes they did get were extremely inexpensive, even assuming they spent exactly $1,000 each: Garner spent less than $.46 a vote, Bennett spent less $.54 a vote and Arquette spent less than $.55 a vote.


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