The second time around was the charm for Russ Blewett, who first ran for Hesperia City Council in 2008. In 2010, he won the seat, outspending all other comers, according to campaign finance statements covering the final weeks of the year.


The last set of campaign financial disclosure statements for 2010 covered the period from Oct. 17 through Dec. 31. They were due to be submitted to Hesperia City Hall by Jan. 31, and cover the period from two weeks before the election through the end of the year.


Russ Blewett


Blewett raised a third of his campaign funds in the final weeks of the campaign, picking up $11,850 of his $32,840 war chest. Major donations included $1,000 donations from the BIA of Southern California Political Action Committee, Bruno Mancinelli Corporation in Victorville, Matich Corp. in San Bernardino and Prem Reddy of Victorville and $500 donations from Sheila Bath of Hesperia, California Highland Enterprise of Newport Beach, California Land Enterprise of Newport Beach, California Palms Enterprise of Newport Beach, California Richland Enterprise of Newport Beach, Frontier Finance Co. of Rancho Cucamonga, Jeffrey Meberg of San Clemente, Viking Run of San Diego and Vose Technical Systems of Tehachapi.


He spent an additional $6,739, bringing the bill for his total 2010 campaign to $32,169, securing his position at the biggest spender of the campaign season.


Bill Holland


Blewett's fellow newcomer to the Hesperia City Council was thrifty in comparison, raising and spending only an additional $250 in the final reporting period of 2010. Bill Holland raised a total of $8,022 during the campaign and spent $4,349.


Dave Holman


David Holman did not raise any additional net funds during the final reporting period of 2010 -- he did raise $2,000, but officially, it was cancelled out by an additional $2,000 in loan debt he paid down. The $2,000 he raised came in the form of $500 donations from $500 donations from California Highland Enterprise of Newport Beach, California Land Enterprise of Newport Beach, California Palms Enterprise of Newport Beach and California Richland Enterprise of Newport Beach. He raised a total of $7,397 for his campaign.


He did, however, spend in the final weeks of the campaign, spending $2,662 of his $7,199 total campaign expenditures.


Don Parkman


Don Parkman neither raised nor spent any additional funds during the final weeks of the campaign. He raised a total of $3,750 during the campaign season and spent the same.


Thurston "Smitty" Smith


Incumbent Thurston "Smitty" Smith raised an additional $4,917 in the final weeks of the campaign. His largest donations were 500 donations from Sheila Bath of Hesperia, California Highland Enterprise of Newport Beach, California Land Enterprise of Newport Beach, California Palms Enterprise of Newport Beach and California Richland Enterprise of Newport Beach. Smith's campaign committee still owes 2006-supporter-turned-2010-opponent Al Vogler $7,500.


He also paid down $6,000 in debt, for a net decrease of $983 in campaign funds during the period. He finished the year having raised $27,310.


During the same period, Smith spent $4,427, bringing his total to $22,218 for 2010.


Hesperia Free Press


Vogler's political action committee -- Hesperia Free Press Committee to oppose Thurston Smith, Russell Blewett and David Holman, Hesperia City Council, and oppose Hardy Black and Chris Lindsay, Hesperia Unified School District 2010 -- forgave $8,700 in debt and raised an additional $2,400 in the final weeks of the campaign, bringing his total to $16,900.


He spent an additional $5,459, bringing his total 2010 spending to $17,188 for the year. The spending wasn't equal: The committee spent $5,099 of that on the city council candidates Vogler opposed, and only $360 on the school board candidates. (In each race, one of the candidates he opposed failed to win election.)


High Desert Tea Party Movement


Former mayor (and new planning commissioner) Bill Jensen's political action committee, High Desert Tea Party Movement, raised $735 during the final reporting period of the year and spent $1,250. According to the filed records, the committee wasn't active prior to Oct. 17.


Everyone else


Earlier in the season, candidates James Blocker, Dennis De Hay and Sean Wright filled out campaign disclosure forms indicating they anticipated raising and spending less than $1,000 on their campaigns this year.


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