Monday, March 19, 2012 – 08:30 a.m.

A plethora of candidates fill the open primary ballot for the 8th Congressional District race this June.

A whopping 13 candidates filed nominating papers by the deadline.

Notables in the lineup include County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt (R-Wrightwood), State Assemblyman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley), Council Member Angela Valles (R-Victorville) and Council Member Ryan McEacron (R-Victorville).

This race, one of four spirited contests in the Inland Empire, should be spirited to say the least.

The other races include the 1st Supervisorial, 3rd Supervisorial and 31st Congressional Districts.

In the CD8, give a leg up here to Mitzelfelt who has an edge with fundraising and name identification with voters.

Valles and McEachron will divy up core votes from their home city of Victorville, where they both serve as elected officials.

Assemblyman Paul Cook will undoubtedly raise funds, but his notariety is centered away from the district’s core population.

As with any race, money and organization rules the day here.

But it’s still likely there will be a general election runoff between a republican and a democrat.

A few notes in this race.

Jim Rissmiller, Former chief of staff to former county supervisor Dennis Hansberger, is attached to the Cook campaign.

Expect Buck Johns, President of Orange County-based Inland Energy, to back his boy McEachron.

McEachron’s visible alignment with Johns will cost him in this race.