By Sandra Emerson | semerson@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: May 24, 2018 at 2:28 pm | Updated: May 25, 2018 at 1:50 am

Adelanto voters on June 5 will decide who should fill the City Council seat formerly held by Councilman Jermaine Wright, who is facing federal bribery and arson charges.

The three candidates are: Joy Jeannette, a city planning commissioner, Diana Esmeralda Holte-Cosato, board secretary for the High Desert Cannabis Association, and resident Ronald Beard.

“I really want people to understand there are still people in our community that are transparent and honest and want to do the best that we can for everybody here,” Holte-Cosato said.

Wright, who has pleaded not-guilty and is awaiting trial in August, vacated his seat after failing to attend any council meetings following his November arrest.

In January, the City Council voted to hold a special election in June to let voters pick his replacement.

Whoever is elected will serve the remainder of Wright’s term, which lasts through November 2020.

Wright is accused of accepting a $10,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent posing as the operator of a marijuana transportation business in exchange for his assistance getting the property rezoned to accommodate the business. Wright also is accused of plotting with an FBI informant and another undercover agent to burn down his restaurant, Fat Boyz Grill in Adelanto, in order to collect a $300,000 insurance policy.

The election comes one month after FBI agents raided Adelanto City Hall; the home of Mayor Rich Kerr; the Jet Room, an Adelanto marijuana dispensary; and the Professional Lawyers Group in San Bernardino, the law office of the Jet Room’s attorney.

Jeannette said she welcomes any investigation into the city.

“If there is a problem, that will come right out,” Jeannette said. “We don’t need those kind of problems in our city. We need to be going forward.”

To read expanded article, click here.