Candidates line up for 2012 HUSD board race
Three candidates so far competing for two seats
Ten months before Election Day 2012, three residents so far have announced their intentions to run for two open seats on the Hesperia Unified School District's board of directors.
Former board member Lee Rogers, former Park and Recreation board candidate Cody Gregg and current HUSD board president Chris Bentley are in the race.
The other incumbent, Anthony Riley, said he hasn’t yet decided if he’ll seek a second term.
The first to announce was Rogers, who said during the Jan. 23 board meeting she’ll seek reelection with city councilman Bill Holland serving as her campaign manager.
“I am very appalled at the way things are going,” Rogers said Thursday. “I still believe that kids need to come first in this district, and not people’s personalities, their qualms, their wants, their ‘don’t wants,’ their prejudices. ... You don’t hold public office for you — or you shouldn’t.”
Rogers was originally elected in 2006 and, for two years, was part of the controlling majority on the board along with Robert Kirk and current board member Hardy Black. Following the election of Riley in 2008, Rogers found herself in the minority. Then Black edged Rogers out by a mere 76 votes in the 2010 election.
Rogers will be joined on the ballot by Bentley, who — despite a bruising four years marked by rancor on the board and major cuts in the district’s budget — said he’s definitely in the race.
“I still have an uncrossed-off list of stuff I wanted to accomplish that’s more important than Chris Bentley the individual,” Bentley said Thursday. “Unfortunately, I’ve been inhibited from a lot of them, and a lot of them due to the economic times we’re dealing with. ... There’s still more work to be done.”
Gregg wasn’t on the ballot in 2010. But, despite being stationed in Afghanistan, he made a run for the Hesperia Recreation and Park District as a write-in candidate alongside his father, Kelly Gregg, who ultimately won a seat on the park board.
“We need to get this school board focused back on the children, rather than their own agenda,” Cody Gregg said Thursday. “As a father, a small business owner in Hesperia and a veteran, I believe I have the ability to get this school board and district back on track.”
And this time, Gregg said his name will appear on the ballot.
Riley is still determining whether he’ll defend his seat on the HUSD board.
“I still have a few things I’m still weighing,” Riley said Thursday. “I have been approached by a few people in the community to decide again. ... I’m really trying to make the best decision for myself and my family.”
He has time: The paperwork necessary for residents to officially file to run for the school board (or city council or park board) will not be available until mid-summer and must be filed in August.
Beau Yarbrough may be reached at (760) 956-7108 or at beau@HesperiaStar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star.