Crowded field jockeys for votes in June primary
April 22, 2014 6:05 PM

SPRING VALLEY LAKE • Hosting GOP candidates in local races on Tuesday, leaders of Hi-Desert Republican Women, Federated, stressed the importance of showing support for the party in general as the June primary looms.

Nine of 10 candidates in the crowded 33rd Assembly District race spoke to a full house inside the Spring Valley Lake Country Club. Only educator John Coffey, a non-invite and the lone Democrat seeking election to the seat, was absent from the luncheon.

California’s historically rough climate for small businesses and a perceived overbearing federal government were among the many issues on which candidates agreed.

University of California, Irvine teaching assistant Brett Savage called the state a “toxic environment” for job creation. Apple Valley Mayor Art Bishop said, “we’re driving businesses out of the area.” Big Bear Valley Mayor Jay Obernolte argued that businesses were encumbered by “too much regulation.”

Community volunteer Robert Larivee, who had largely been unheard from this campaign season, spoke about his belief that the U.S. government had separated itself from its citizens.

“It’s time we open our eyes and revolt … with our votes,” Larivee said, “put aside our differences and put America first.”

Meanwhile, Rim of the World School District Board Trustee Scott Markovich and retired Fire Chief Robert Buhrle strayed from well-covered issues and addressed local infrastructure and possible water shortages, respectively.

With regard to major ongoing infrastructure projects in Apple Valley, Hesperia and Victorville, Markovich called upon new 33rd Assembly District leadership to keep citizens apprised of how similar projects interconnect to surrounding communities.

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