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Gonzales, Rogers, Wright lead in Adelanto schools race

ADELANTO • The race for Adelanto Elementary School District Board of directors shows that Elaine Gonzales and Teresa Rogers took the lead Tuesday night for the full-term seats.

Jermaine Wright Sr. led in the three-way race for the short-term seat, according to preliminary results released Tuesday night.

“I am excited,” Rogers said after the preliminary results were released. “As a long-term goal, I want to save the culture of the district.”

Gonzales hesitated to show too much excitement but expressed that she was very happy with the results.

“I’m a community person,” Gonzales explained. “This is what I do. I love to work with the community, and believe me, I am very, very aware that there is so much to do.”

Four candidates vied for two four-year terms and three ran for one short-term seat. These three candidates will round out the five-member board, which will enter into their respective terms with tough fiscal decisions — like other districts in the state — and Desert Trails issues at their heels.

“I just want the work I do with the kids and the community to show,” Wright said. “The district has been top heavy for a long time in the Adelanto School District and that needs to change.”

Wright, who gained national attention during the Desert trails issues, expressed that this new term is an opportunity to get down to business and put the children first.

Two seats, full-term

• Holly Eckes, incumbent — 21.29 percent

• Elaine Gonzales — 24.20 percent

• Carlos Mendoza, incumbent —23.34 percent

• Teresa Rogers — 31.17 percent

One seat, short term

• Lisa Maria Garcia — 17.90 percent

• Rebecca Kigar — 27.96 percent

• Jermaine Wright Sr., incumbent — 54.14 percent

Lynnea Lombardo may be reached at (760) 951-6232 or at

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