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Wright deciding between Adelanto council, school board

ADELANTO • Recently finalized election results show that Jermaine Wright Sr. has won an Adelanto City Council seat, beating out Ronald Beard by only 42 votes. Although Wright also won the short-term seat for the Adelanto School District, he says he will be forced to choose which seat he wants to accept, as a joint-use agreement between the city of Adelanto and the school board prevents him from sitting on both at the same time.

Wright won the short-term school district seat with almost 51 percent of votes and was sworn into his post along with Elaine Gonzales and Teresa Rogers at Tuesday’s board meeting. Wright said that he has until Dec. 12 to make a decision as to which position he plans to accept. But for now, he remains non-committed.

“I’m very happy with the outcome, but I will have to choose,” Wright said. “I will announce what I plan to do in a couple of days, so that everybody knows at once.”

Wright was originally appointed to the school district seat by board members in August of 2011 when Gonzales resigned abruptly for no stated reason. Although he originally ran for that seat, he lost, collecting only 5.26 percent of the vote.

He also made an unsuccessful bid for San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor, losing out during the June primary.

A spokesperson for the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters said once Wright chooses which post to accept, it’ll be up to either the school district or city council to decide how to fill his spot. Options could include appointing the next-highest vote-getter, selecting someone else or holding a special election.

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