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11 candidates vie for two Hesperia City Council seats

Why are your running for this office?

Describe your core personal values.

What’s your plan for funding road repairs and other improvements with the city’s redevelopment agency gone?

How would you make yourself available to constituents?

James Blocker, warehouse specialist

Why are you running for this office?

I believe that I can offer a fresh perspective and a different viewpoint.

Describe your core personal values.

I believe in having a deep and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I believe in the family. I believe that we have a responsibility to protect our children and raise them in the best possible environment and equip them with tools to handle the environment they are forced to be in, in a positive way.

What’s your plan for funding road repairs and other improvements with the city’s redevelopment agency gone?

Roads are very important and should be maintained because that is what the taxpayers pay for with their taxes. If they are not repaired then we have failed the residents.

How would you make yourself available to constituents?

By meeting and returning calls or emails as quickly as possible. I am not a politician so I am very accessible and easy to talk to and even will take emails now at Jamesblocker@hotmail.com so feel free to contact me. I may not have all the answers but ... maybe together we can figure it out.

Paul Bosacki, incumbent

Why are you running for this office?

The Hesperia property tax problem needs to be corrected and Hesperia property tax dollars need to be spent only in Hesperia, on services for Hesperia residents.

Describe your core personal values.

I have “old school” values, based on the golden rule. Treat people the way you expect to be treated. Be honest, work hard, respect others’ beliefs.

What’s your plan for funding road repairs and other improvements with the city’s redevelopment agency gone?

We have to get a fair return of our property tax dollars returned to Hesperia, instead of the county taking millions of tax dollars every year to subsidize county programs not in Hesperia.

How would you make yourself available to constituents?

Contact me at pbosacki@cityofhesperia.us

Chris Elvert, retired sheriff’s sergeant

Why are you running for this office?

When elected to the Hesperia City Council, I will bring positive leadership to our City. I do not have ties to special interest groups. No favors. I will uphold my campaign promise to effectively implement the needs and wants of all Hesperia residents.

Describe your core personal values.

I believe in marriage and the family unity. I believe you should treat other like you would like to be treated.

What’s your plan for funding road repairs and other improvements with the city’s redevelopment agency gone?

This is going to be one tough challenge. As residents, we need to practice patience while city staff looks for ways to fund this issue during the current state and national economic crises. Most of us remember when outlying dirt roads outnumbered paved streets. When funding is secured, we will get repairs and paving done.

How would you make yourself available to constituents?

I have a website, ChrisElvert.com and all can contact me through that.

Brent Farr, teacher

Why are your running for this office?

I have lived in Hesperia for most of my life and although the current council is not bad, I feel they could do a better job addressing the city’s core issues. I feel that the council is not doing enough to attract business to the city.

Describe your core personal values.

Happiness is what I believe every person should be able to have. Being healthy and surrounded with close friends and family are what contribute the most to my happiness. I also strive to be honest with myself and to not waiver on what is most important to me.

What’s your plan for funding road repairs and other improvements with the city’s redevelopment agency gone?

Short term we need to conserve and the economy needs to grow. We have to become more reliant on ourselves to make the lives of Hesperia residents easier. Our streets should have solar lighting and we should utilize some solar and wind energy to cut down long-term costs.

How would you make yourself available to constituents?

Email is a great way to communicate in today’s busy world. Phone calls are another good way to get in touch on more urgent matters. I also have a Facebook, so I am not that hard to reach.

Dave Holman, travel agency owner

Why are your running for this office?

I have the experience and know how to get the job done. I believe strongly in service. This is just one way I can give back to the society that has given me so much.

Describe your core personal values.

Say what you mean, mean what you say. Share your blessings. Tell the truth. Be thrifty. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Pretty much all the things I learned in kindergarten.

What’s your plan for funding road repairs and other improvements with the city’s redevelopment agency gone?

Short term, we just have to squeeze every dime we can from the rest of the budget. Medium term, increased sales tax revenue through continued commercial growth is the surest way to make up the short fall. And long term, stopping state raids on local revenue is paramount.

How would you make yourself available to constituents?

I am the most available person I know. That’s always been the case, and will continue. I am in the Yellow Pages. I am all over the Internet. My phone numbers, email and home address are available to anyone. Google me. Call me, day or night. I love talking to people.

James Roberts III, retired police officer

Why are your running for this office?

Our country is at a critical stage. The foundation of liberty and freedom has once again called upon me to serve my community. Before we can repair a nation we must restore one city at a time and I want Hesperia to be first on that list.

Describe your core personal values.

Faith, family, balance and compassion have transformed me into the person I am today. The hard part is trying to adhere to those values daily. I believe if one channels good energy, balance will harmonize in everything you do.

What’s your plan for funding road repairs and other improvements with the city’s redevelopment agency gone?

Developers who embark on large projects within our limits, which cause a bottleneck and affect our city’s transportation infrastructure, may be accessed fees. Which in turn will fund future repairs and road improvements throughout our city. Other developed cities have adopted this model in lieu of RDA funds.

How would you make yourself available to constituents?

If elected, I would be available via phone, email, office visits or approached in the community. I take pride in the last because I plan on being seen and engaging the community at large. I believe a council person should be vibrant and accessible at all times.

Eric Schmidt, small businessman and engineer

Why are you running for this office?

Having lived in Hesperia for 31 years, I understand the beauty, lifestyle and value our city has to offer. I also see how our city has struggled with this difficult economy and lack of cohesive leadership. I believe I can apply my skills toward moving the city forward economically, while maintaining the culture we have come to love.

Describe your core personal values.

My core values are honesty, integrity, responsibility and respect. I apply these principles in my everyday life at home, work, the community and in my civic duties. As I live by these values, I have enjoyed great success, allowing me to be a positive influence in the lives of others.

What’s your plan for funding road repairs and other improvements with the city’s redevelopment agency gone?

With the loss of redevelopment agency funds, the city will have to rely on prioritizing Measure I and Local Transportation Fund revenues, including any developer impact fees. Having future “shovel ready” projects through planning/review will aid in capturing future funding opportunities, as was the case with the new Ranchero/I15 overpass.

How would you make yourself available to constituents?

The obvious way in which I’ll be available to Hesperians is through the council meetings and out in public. I will not shy away from being approached to answer a question or hear a concern. Phone, email and social media are other ways I’ll stay connected to the citizenry.

Incumbent Mike Leonard did not respond to these questions, and challengers Dennis De Hay, Cody Leis and Don Parkman declined to participate.


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