If Robert Kirk does leave the Hesperia Unified School District school board if fellow board member files recall papers against him, there will be a seat open on the five-member board.


The school board has the option of appointing someone to the seat and if they do, they might first look at the list of candidates who unsuccessfully ran for the seats now occupied by board members Chris Bentley and Anthony Riley.


Bruce Henson


An Information Technology manager for the County of San Bernardino, Henson picked up a total of 2,696 votes.


"I'd be happy to talk to them about it," Henson said Wednesday, about being appointed to Kirk's seat.


The district's and the state's financial situations have both gotten dramatically worse since the election, but that wouldn't deter him from taking a seat on the school board.


"I was actually expecting that financial picture. I knew it was going to be pretty bad when I was running," he said. "They're going to have to do some serious negotiations with these unions. That's the only thing that's going to keep them solvent."


Chris Lindsay


Financial advisor Chris Lindsay came in third in November's election, losing out to board member Anthony Riley by a mere 160 votes -- 7,370 to Riley's 7,530.


"I am willing to keep the option open," Lindsay said by e-mail on Tuesday. "I still feel the board would benefit from my leadership as would the district and the students. While the need is still strong, much has changed since I last tossed my hat in the ring. As a financial advisor, the need for my services has increased significantly and much of my time is spent calming fearful investors and reminding them not to abandon a well thought out plan to achieve long term goals because of the short term problems of today (I would remind the board members of the same)."


Frank Rich


Former HUSD employee Frank Rich picked up 4,364 votes in November's election. A member of the California School Employees Association, he picked up an endorsement from their Hesperia chapter.


Rich would "definitely" be interested in Kirk's seat, if it became available, despite the worsening economic picture facing the HUSD since the election.


"It's a very important duty that a board member has. It doesn't matter whether the environment's good, bad, worse or even worst," he said Tuesday. Dealing with the fiscal crisis facing the district "needs to be done with as little impact to the classroom as possible, which I don't think is being done."


Eric Swanson


The only candidate in November's election who had previously held a school board seat, small businessman Eric Swanson sat on the HUSD school board from 2001 to 2005. Like Rich, he was endorsed by the CSEA. He brought home a total of 5,491 votes.


Unlike his fellow would-be board members, Swanson doesn't know if he'd seek the office another time.


"It hasn't crossed my mind," Swanson said Wednesday. "I haven't even thought about it."


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