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2012 election season begins July 16

Two seats each open on City Council, school and park boards

Staff Writer

The 2012 election season will begin in earnest a week from now, when candidates can begin filing the paperwork needed to be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The paperwork necessary to run for the Hesperia City Council, Hesperia Unified School District school board and Hesperia Recreation and Park District board will be available July 16 from the Hesperia City Clerk’s office (for the Hesperia City Council) and from the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters.

Two seats are up for grabs on each board.

Both incumbents on the Hesperia City Council, Paul Bosacki and Mike Leonard, have indicated that they will seek another term.

“I’m going to run, but I’m not going to campaign,” Bosacki said Friday. “My goal is to spend zero dollars.”

That will make Bosacki, who was first elected in 2008, stand out from the crowd: Even sending a single mailer out to Hesperia voters will cost thousands of dollars, and having a candidate’s statement printed in the sample ballot — something successful candidates almost universally do — will cost an estimated $1,387, according to the registrar of voters.

“My record is my record,” Bosacki said. “There’s so many better uses for people’s money than dumping it into a political campaign.”

Leonard, who was first elected in 2004, began distributing ball-point pens with “Reelect Mike Leonard” printed on them several months ago.

Three candidates have so far declared their interest in seeking the school board seats currently held by president Chris Bentley and board member Anthony Riley.

“Yeah, I’m going to pull papers,” Bentley said Friday. “And actually turn them back in, too. Because pulling them is the easy part.”

Riley said he won’t be running this fall.

“I will not be seeking reelection, but I do hope there’s going to be a candidate strong enough to counter the destructive nature of Chris Bentley,” he said Friday.

Former school board member Lee Rogers, who was elected in 2006 and lost her seat by a mere 76 votes in 2010, will be seeking a return to the dais this November.

Cody Gregg, who was a write-in candidate for the park board in the 2010 election, has previously announced his intention to run for the school board.

For the park district, longtime board member Bob Chandler will be running for a sixth four-year term.

“I think we’re going to be facing some fiscal issues,” he said Friday. “I think we’re going to have to face some difficult decisions.”

Fellow park board incumbent Jack Hamilton will also seek reelection, he said Monday afternoon.

Those interested in running for the Hesperia City Council can stop by the city clerk’s office at Hesperia City Hall at 9700 7th Avenue. The city will hold a workshop today for those considering running for office. The workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of the Hesperia branch library. For more information, call (760) 947-1007.

Would-be park and school board candidates should stop by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters office at 777 East Rialto Avenue.

Nomination papers must be filed with the appropriate office by the end of business on Aug. 10.

Beau Yarbrough may be reached at (760) 956-7108 or at Beau@HesperiaStar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star.


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