From left to right, James Ramos, Neil Derry and Jim Bagley.

Sunday, March 11, 2012 – 10:30 a.m.

The number of candidates challenging San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry fell from four to two this week after candidates Ken Hunter and Robert Wilson officially withdrew from contention.

The set candidates for the seat are Derry, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos and former Twenty-Nine Palms City Councilman James Bagley.

A more amenable situation for Derry to resolve the contest in the June primary.

Does Bagley, for reasons only he knows, somehow believes he can be an elected county supe when his own city won’t re-elect him to the council?

Or is his role that of an anointed attempt to cause a run-off?

Sources say Bagley struggled up to the last minute to raise the dough to pay for the filing fee and ballot statement.

Ramos, on the other hand, is controlled by that monster ego of his as well has his local political ilk pushing him.

Expect a battle between Derry and Ramos, with Bagley being pretty much considered background noise.

The voter demographics heavily favor Derry here.