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  • Hesperia mayor not running for re-election

    Four candidates file for park district board
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  • HESPERIA — The final list of certified candidates for the city’s three available council seats is set, with Mayor Thurston “Smitty” Smith out of the race.
    Because Smith declined to file by Friday’s deadline, the filing period for other candidates moved to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
    Councilmen Russell E. “Russ” Blewett and Bill Holland will compete against six challengers for a total of three seats in the Statewide General Election set for Nov. 4.
    Smith said he promised his wife, Margaret, that if their primary house sold he would not run for another term on the Hesperia City Council, allowing them to travel the country.
    “We had our house on the market for 45 days and we were ready to pull it off the market before someone got it,” Smith said.
    He said his decision was not related to the recent arrest of his stepson on suspicion of drug and weapons charges.
    “This has nothing to do with my stepson’s problems,” he said. “That is another issue altogether.”
    Smith said he could not make a commitment to the residents of Hesperia while on the road traveling and visiting family, which are spread out all over the country.
    “The future also involves moving to either Apple Valley or Hesperia,” Smith said. “Our bucket list also includes visiting Major League Baseball parks and national parks.”
    The other candidates are building maintenance mechanic Stirling Christiansen, retired sheriff’s sergeant Christopher J. Elvert, law enforcement officer Cody C. Gregg, resident Anthony Rhoades, businessman/retired policeman James Roberts and retired businessman/banker Paul Russ.
    Blewett said bringing in Wal-Mart and Stater Bros. during his mayorship were major accomplishments, along with the recent construction of the Ranchero Road underpass, progress on that road’s Interstate 15 interchange and keeping the city’s budget balanced and water rates low.
    Holland said the five-member council has worked as a team through “a pretty dynamic four years” and its accomplishments include the keeping of promises such as no new taxes, maintaining fiscal responsibility and fostering innovation and a business-friendly environment.
    For a separate election within the city, four candidates filed with the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters for three seats on the Hesperia Recreation & Park District board.
    Incumbents Kelly Jay Gregg, Mike Limbaugh and Rebekah Swanson will be joined on the ballot by Jack Hamilton.
    Staff Writer Rene Ray De La Cruz contributed to this report.
    Gary Brodeur may be contacted at 760-951-6245 or gbrodeur@vvdailypress.com. Follow him on Twitter @DP_gbrodeur.
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