Hesperia Unified School Board member Anthony Riley wants Anthony Adams' assembly seat.


"There's also a spending addiction in Sacramento and that's the reason for our serious state budget problems," Riley, 38, is quoted as saying in a press release issued Thursday morning announcing his intention to seek the Republican nomination in the June 8 primary.


Sacramento's budget woes have loomed large for Riley since being elected to the HUSD school board in 2008: More than 70 percent of the HUSD's budget comes from state funds, and with the state facing an ongoing and continuing budget crisis, the HUSD, like other public school districts, has faced deficits and Riley last year had to approve pink slips for more than 100 district employees.


Adams weathered a failed recall attempt in 2009 after he voted in favor of a budget compromise that included $12 billion in tax hikes. Like Riley, he described himself as a conservative Republican and had signed a pledge to not raise taxes, should he be elected. In January, Adams announced that he would not seek a third term in the June election.


Thursday morning's press release also included endorsements from former Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, State Senator George Runner and 36th district Assemblyman Steve Knight.


If elected, Riley would take office after the November elections, which could potentially remake the HUSD school board as-is. Three of the five board members are up for reelection this year (Hardy Black, Robert Kirk and Lee Rogers) and while none have formally announced their intentions to seek reelection yet, Riley makes up one-third of the controlling bloc that also includes Black and Kirk.


Should Riley win the nomination, and then be elected to the assembly in November, the school board will have the option of calling for a special election or appointing a successor.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star