The first votes in the 2008 election have been counted.


With only mail-in ballots and three out of 40 Hesperia precincts counted by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters, Mayor Mike Leonard and Planning Commissioner Paul Bosacki currently hold the lead in the race for two seats on the Hesperia City Council. They are trailed by county planning commissioner Russ Blewett and Mark Kirk, the chief of staff for county supervisor Gary Ovitt.


Although it's still early going, Leonard and Bosacki hold commanding leads -- 27 and 25 percent of the votes counted, respectively -- with Leonard having won 2,858 votes and Bosacki 2,721. Blewett trails Bosacki by 994 votes, or just over 16 percent of the votes yet counted, in a race where third place gets no seat on the council dais.


In the Hesperia Unified School District school board race, neither of the two incumbents is running, and stay-at-home father Chris Bentley and financial advisor Chris Lindsay hold the lead, with 27 and 21 percent of the votes, respectively. Anthony Riley, whose more than $56,000 in spending was greater than the rest of the six-candidate field combined, is currently in third place, with 19 percent of the vote.


Incumbent Richard Hall has more than 52 percent of the votes counted for the Division 3 seat on the Mojave Water Agency Board of Directors, with challenger Brian Pierce trailing with 30 percent of the vote.


In Division 7, it's the other way around, with challenger Doug Shumway taking 72 percent of the vote, and incumbent Dick Fortyune holding onto only 27 percent.


But all these numbers could still change: Voting records are expected to be broken this year, and in 2006, the top vote-getting in the Hesperia City Council race, Rita Vogler, got a total of 5,530 votes -- less than twice what Leonard has as of 8:05 p.m., with the results of 37 precincts out of 40 still to be counted.


Certainly Leonard is unlikely to be celebrating: After Tuesday's city council meeting, he headed home, rather than to an election night party. If he was going to celebrate, he said, he'd wait until Friday night, when all the votes should be counted.


The next set of election results is expected to be released at 11 p.m. by the registrar of voters.


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