Wright

Jermaine Wright campaigns on social media, but hasn’t officially declared
December 28, 2011 3:30 PM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO • Though Jermaine Wright Sr. appears to be campaigning online to run for San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor, the Adelanto School District trustee said he’s still only pondering a bid in the June election.

Wright, co-owner of local child care and transportation companies, has set up campaign profiles on Facebook and Twitter. He touts himself as a conservative whose platforms include county transparency, common-sense business practices in government and private sector job creation.

But Wright said by phone he won’t make up his mind until mid-January. He’s trying to gauge whether he would stand a solid chance against incumbent Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, a resident of Wrightwood.

“I know he has a war chest he’s sitting on,” Wright said. “If it’s going to be a battle of the money to win that position … I’m just trying to see what the pulse of the community is.”

Mitzelfelt, vice chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, is a Republican who also cites economic development in the High Desert as a top priority, along with delivering on long-awaited transportation projects and protecting public safety funds.

So far Mitzelfelt and Wright are the only two to emerge as potential contenders to represent the 1st District, which includes most of the Victor Valley and spans more than 15,000 square miles from Wrightwood to Baker.

And aside from Mitzelfelt, nobody has formed a committee in support of a candidate running for the seat, county Registrar of Voters spokeswoman Raquel Garcia said.

Mitzelfelt has been working to rally support for his 2012 bid for the past couple years, in large part through luncheons featuring speakers former presidential adviser Karl Rove and GOP pollster Frank Luntz.

Mitzelfelt had raised $132,169 and spent $84,487 between January and June, according to the latest campaign disclosure form for the Committee to Re-Elect Brad Mitzelfelt Supervisor 2012. The committee had a cash balance of $317,433.

Meanwhile, a highly anticipated announcement by U.S. Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, could trigger Mitzelfelt to bow out of the county race and instead run for the High Desert’s new 8th Congressional District.

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