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  • Valles not seeking re-election

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  • VICTORVILLE — City Councilwoman Angela Valles on Monday announced she would not seek a second term, calling it “disingenuous” to pursue re-election when she has higher political goals in mind.
    Valles, whose term expires in November, had become known as the most vocal councilmember on the Victorville dais. She harshly criticized former Green Treen Golf Course operator Billy Casper Golf for operating outside its budget and maintaining poor course conditions.
    She also likely gained enemies in the building industry as the most outspoken supporter of a proposed shift to larger lot sizes for new single-family residential districts.
    In a statement to the Daily Press, Valles said she was “proud of the work” that the council had accomplished for the city and its residents.
    “... We’ve overcome myriad challenges: from balancing the budget, to improving development standards and public safety, to getting meetings online for public viewing and much needed transparency,” she said. “Most importantly, the council united as a cooperative team to get our city headed in the right direction.”
    Valles wouldn’t rule out a future run at the 33rd Assembly District or possibly the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. In 2012, she and Mayor Pro Tem Ryan McEachron made unsuccessful bids for the 8th Congressional District, finishing seventh and eighth in the primary, respectively.
    “I have personal and professional goals I would like to accomplish in the next couple of years and feel that I cannot fully commit to another four-year term on the Victorville City Council,” she said.
    “If there’s anything that should be taken from these last four years, it’s that special interests, excessive campaign war chests, or privileged relationships still can’t keep grassroots, good-hearted citizens from being elected,” she said.
    Councilman Jim Kennedy’s term will also expire in November and he’s made no public statements so far regarding his plans.
    The filing period for Valles’ seat will now be extended by a week, as is customary when the incumbent chooses not to seek reelection.
    Shea Johnson may be reached at 760-955-5368 or SJohnson@VVDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter at @DP_Shea.
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