At least two faces on the Hesperia Unified School District school board will be familiar ones in January: Board member Anthony Riley has lost his bid for the Republican nomination for the 59th Assembly seat.


A win could have potentially meant four seats on the five-person board would have been up for grabs in November's election.


"Definitely feeling relieved that it's over," Riley said Wednesday morning. "We've only been in this race three months [and] managed to raise $75,000. We needed someone to represent the Victor Valley."


Riley was one of six Republicans seeking to replace the outgoing Assemblyman Anthony Adams, who announced in January that he would not seek reelection.


As of Wednesday morning, former Minuteman leader Tim Donnelly is ahead on in the race for the Republican nomination by the narrowest of margins: Just 40 votes separate him from former Covina Councilman Chris Lancaster, with 100 percent of the votes counted. Riley came in fourth, with 9.8 percent of the vote, well behind Donnelly's 29.1 percent and Lancaster's 29 percent.


"The Tea Party movement: That movement is going to sweep Tim Donnelly into office," Riley said. "I believe he will from hearing the voice of those in his district. I think he'll be an open ear."


The 59th Assembly District includes portions of San Bernardino, including Hesperia and Apple Valley, and Los Angeles Counties.


Although Al Vogler, the husband of Hesperia city councilwoman Rita Vogler, had peppered the Victor Valley with "No on Riley" signs, his efforts may not have made much of a difference: In Los Angeles County, Riley came in fourth, with 9.87 percent of the vote and, in San Bernardino County, Riley came in fifth, with 9.81 percent of the vote.


"I was very flattered that, as soon as I entered, people thought that I was relevant to the campaign," Riley said. "It was kind of interesting to see all of these guys ... mobilizing against one person."


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