September 27, 2013 5:53 PM

VICTORVILLE • After two decades in politics, former county Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt said Friday that he is ending his exploratory state assembly campaign and moving to Kentucky to work as a public affairs contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy.

He said a desire to be home with his family every night spurred the decision to resume a previous career in public affairs communications.

“I am really interested in the energy industry,” Mitzelfelt said by phone. “I was looking for more local opportunities; I had no intention of leaving the area. It’s the best decision for my family mainly because the main opportunity was running for state assembly and grappling with the fact of spending four days a week away from my young children and my wife. It would not be good for my family.”

Mitzelfelt, 46, served as chief of staff to former San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Bill Postmus after working as a Building Industry Association executive and a state legislative aide. When Postmus was elected as county assessor, Mitzelfelt was appointed to finish out his term as supervisor.

Mitzelfelt was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2008.

His decision to run for California’s newly formed 8th Congressional District seat forced him to forego re-election to the county Board of Supervisors. He lost in the primary to Paul Cook, who eventually won the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Robert Lovingood was elected to replace Mitzelfelt on the Board of Supervisors.

In December, Mitzelfelt, a Republican from Wrightwood, formed a committee to potentially seek Assemblyman Tim Donnelly’s 33rd District seat while the Twin Peaks Republican considers a run for California Governor.

Mitzelfelt said he became interested in politics when came across a Barry Goldwater book while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq.

“I (read it) during Operation Desert Storm when I was in Saudi Arabia and it instantly instilled a political fire in my belly”, Mitzelfelt said. “And (the fire) came back later when I was in college and worked in a political internship.”

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