Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/05/2010 06:45:04 PM PDT

A candidate for the Victorville City Council has complained to the state Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), accusing a challenger of using her influence with a local college district to discourage her from seeking a seat on the Council.

Miguel Gonzalez, campaign manager for Michelle Medina, said he called the FPPC on Monday to complain about the alleged conduct of Angela Valles, who is running for a seat on the City Council and is president of the Victor Valley Community College District’s board of trustees.

Medina alleges Valles obtained her mobile phone number from a phone list of the Victorville Parks and Recreation Commission’s board of directors, on which both she and Valles serve. Valles then gave the number to one of her colleagues, Michael Smith, a member of the Victor Valley College Faculty Association.

At 9:16 a.m. on July 7, Smith sent Medina a Facebook message, requesting she call him on his mobile phone regarding the college district’s upcoming board election.

Medina said she ignored the message, but Smith called her later the same day.

“He asked if I was interested in running for the Victor Valley College board of trustees. He said he was told I would be an excellent candidate and that Angela Valles had strongly recommended me,” Medina said Thursday.

She feels Smith’s gesture was more of an attempt to benefit Valles’ campaign for City Council than the college district’s board of trustees.

The question remains: Does Valles’s alleged actions violate Elections Code statutes?

“At the very least, I think it’s unethical,” Gonzalez said.

Reached by telephone Thursday, Smith refused to say if Valles provided him Medina’s mobile phone number, or if he had called Medina at Valles’s request.

He did say that many people provide him phone numbers of people who are deemed good candidates for the board of trustees.

“I asked her (Medina) if she was intending to run. She said `no,’ and that was basically the end of the conversation,” Smith said. “She was not being recruited.”

Valles, who is also the human resources director for the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority, did not respond to repeated requests for comment Thursday.

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