HESPERIA — Incumbent director Bob Chandler and former director Kelly Jay Gregg won their battle for two board seats on the Hesperia Recreation & Park District.
Unofficial election results from the San Bernardino County Elections Office at Wednesday showed Chandler taking nearly 50 percent of the vote and Gregg taking nearly 29 percent with 100 percent or 23,107 ballots counted.
Jose Gonzalez, who was appointed to the board in 2015 after director Andrew Cowan resigned when he moved out of the area, took nearly 23 percent of the vote.
Many residents told the Daily Press the race for the two park seats would be close as all three candidates had experience as park directors.
Chandler and Gregg will join seated directors Jack Hamilton, Mike Limbaugh and Rebekah Swanson, who won her race for a seat on the Hesperia City Council Tuesday.
Chandler, 72, a retired fire captain who will begin his seventh term with the district, told the Daily Press that “working positively with others” is essential for those seeking a director position.
According to Chandler, his goal is to continue to do his best to spend tax dollars wisely and to provide the community with “beautiful parks, meaningful programs and exciting activities, all designed to make lives better.”
An independent businessman and lifelong resident of Hesperia, Gregg, 45, said he served a four-year term as “the voice of the community and taxpayers” on the HPRD board starting in 2010.
Gregg said he will continue to be transparent with district funds, will oppose any new tax as he did in 2014 and keep the public informed of districts agendas, programs, and spending.
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