10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, May 20, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

The race to succeed Assemblyman Anthony Adams is a crowded affair.

Adams, R-Hesperia, announced in January that he would not seek re-election to his 59th Assembly District seat. The district stretches from San Bernardino to the outskirts of Los Angeles.

Six Republicans are vying for the GOP nomination. There are two Libertarians along with a Democrat and American Independent also seeking the seat.

Adams’ announcement that he would not run again came after a failed recall effort against him for his vote last year to temporarily increase taxes to address the state’s budget.

The Republicans in the race come from both San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties.

Iver Bye is an attorney from Apple Valley. He favors tax cuts and reduced government spending.

Corey Calaycay has been a Claremont councilman since 2005. He supports rolling back regulations to spur business growth.

Tim Donnelly, of Twin Peaks, is a small business owner and founder of a Minuteman chapter. He backs a prisoner exchange program with Mexico to reduce prison costs.

Ken Hunter, of Lake Arrowhead, is a real estate broker. He wants to focus efforts on lowering taxes and reducing spending.

Chris Lancaster, of La Verne, is director of new business development and government relations for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. He also has pledged not to raise taxes and to work to reduce the size of state government.

Anthony Riley, of Hesperia, is co-owner of a public relations firm and a Hesperia school board member.

Riley favors continued support for the two-thirds vote requirement in the Legislature to raise taxes.

The two Libertarians facing off in the June 8 primary are Dan Fernandes, of La Verne, and Tony Tyler, of Apple Valley.

Fernandes is a retired aerospace engineer who favors allowing gays and lesbians to marry and the legalization of marijuana.

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