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Hesperia candidates report funds

Committee opposes two candidates

HESPERIA • The race for Hesperia City Council is the only election in the High Desert to have a committee devoted to opposing certain candidates.

Incumbent Mike Leonard and Eric Schmidt are targeted in a committee aimed at re-electing Paul Bosacki. Bosacki, who is one of 11 candidates vying for two seats, did not submit a form called a 460 — a document that discloses how much money each candidate is working with. By state law, any candidate who has raised or spent more than $1,000 is required to file a California Form 460. Some candidates fill out the form even if they have collected and spent no money on their campaign.

Al Vogler’s “Hesperia Free Press Committee to Support Paul Bosacki and Oppose Mike Leonard and Eric Schmidt, Hesperia City Council 2012” has gathered $16,300 in loans, $11,300 of which are from Vogler himself. He has received no contributions and does not specify where the remaining $5,000 came from on his most recent 460, which is dated from Oct. 1 to 20.

Eric Schmidt for City Council 2012 has the largest amount of all the candidates, raking in $17,636 in contributions and loans. A large majority of this total comes from contributions, including a $1,000 donation from Hesperia Mayor Russ Blewett and $2,500 from ‘Buck’ McKeon for Congress. The remaining balance of Schmidt’s contributions are loans from private donors, all of which had been paid in full. Schmidt’s loans come mainly from his business and his wife, a teacher in the Hesperia Unified School District.

The Committee to elect Chris Elvert to Hesperia City Council has the second largest campaign fund, which totals $11,189. Almost $2,000 of this total is from loans, and the remaining came from public works employee unions, such as the San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association and private donors.

David Holman for Hesperia City Council 2012 raised $7,984, year-to-date. He has received $5,284 in contributions, most of which came from the San Bernardino Public Employees Association political action committee. A large portion of the remaining balance came as a $2,500 loan to himself from his business, Holman Travel.

Business owner Don Parkman has $6,400 in total contributions, almost $2,000 of which are donations and $4,500 in loans from himself. His largest contributors are small businesses and personal donors.

Incumbent Mike Leonard has raised $3,536 this period, but also claimed $3,536 on last period’s form, which was dated from July 1 to Sept. 30. He did not specify it his year-todate totals, however, this amount was contributed as a loan to himself.

James Blocker’s committee, on the other hand, has only raised $202 toward his campaign, $100 of which came from a private donor in Hesperia.

Some candidates submitted 470s, a form filled out by candidates that do not anticipate receiving contributions totaling $1,000 or more. Three candidates filled out 470s, James Roberts, Paul Bosacki and Cody Leis. Two remaining candidates, Dennis De Hay and Brent Farr, have not submitted 460s or 470s.

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

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That was a deliberate choice not asking people for contributions with Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner and the economic rough times that families are going through. I definitely do not want to take money from special interest or organizations. Instead I just go out with my flyers and meet the residents, utilize facebook, and a small radio ad, sure it is a little old fashioned but I am a resident also and I actually do relate to my fellow residents. I have no other agenda but to do what I can to help the people of Hesperia. I am as tired of high taxes and fees as are most people. So yes it looks like, oh no one supports him or wants to contribute blah blah blah but the only support I want and need is the Vote of the Residents. I actually do care about the people. So on November 6, I am number 10 on the Ballot, Vote James Madison Blocker for Hesperia City Council.

James Blocker - Nov 06, 2012 12:55:42 PM Remove Comment

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