City of Hesperia Councilman Bill Holland today announced his candidacy for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. Holland is challenging incumbent, First District Supervisor Robert “Bob” Lovingood, who is serving his first term.
Holland is a former San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy and Hesperia School District police officer. He was elected to the Hesperia City Council in November 2010 and re-elected in 2014. He told atombash.com that he is running because, “There is a time to watch things happen and a time to make things happen. Now is time to make things happen.”
Holland is the first candidate to declare against Supervisor Bob Lovingood. But the list of potential others is long. Former Apple Valley Town Councilman Rick Roelle plans to announce after the first of the year.
Other candidates who have expressed an interest or are being recruited by community members include Hesperia Councilman Russ Blewett, former Hesperia Councilman Thurston “Smitty” Smith, Hesperia Councilman Paul Russ, Apple Valley Councilman Scott Nassif, Apple Valley Councilman Art Bishop, Former Victorville City Councilwoman Angela Valles, and Needles Councilman Jeff Williams. Many community leaders are committed to ousting Lovingood due to his lackluster performance as county supervisor in the High Desert, his allegiance to special interests, and his priority of creating part-time, temporary jobs which directly benefit the temp agency he has owned since 1989.
Lovingood has done nothing to reel in San Bernardino County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux so far during his term. The High Desert has been hit especially hard by Devereaux’s power grab and loyalty to the county’s west end. Devereaux has drastically cut fire service to the unincorporated areas of the High Desert. Business leaders say it is almost impossible to get projects completed in the First District due to Lovingood’s lack of leadership.
Lovingood holds one of three seats up for grabs next November. Also on the ballot will be the Third District and Fifth District races.
In the Third District, Supervisor James Ramos is being challenged by his former field representative Donna Munoz. Also considering a run or being recruited for a run are former Third District Supervisor Neil Derry and Barstow City Councilman Rich Harpole.
Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales, who is set to run for her final term due to term limits, is being challenged by Dr. Clifford Young. Young served as Fifth District Supervisor after the seat was vacated by former Supervisor Jerry Eaves due to Eaves’ criminal prosecution. Young agreed not to run for election at that time if he was appointed for the interim term.
The first district includes the incorporated cities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville, and Needles and the unincorporated areas of Wrightwood and communities surrounding Barstow all the way up to the Nevada and Arizona state lines. It is the largest supervisorial district in the county and the country.