January 12, 2012 10:33 AM
From Staff Reports
Four locals declare bids for 1st District Supervisor:

First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt announced he’s running for Congress to represent the newly formed 8th District.

The announcement came minutes after U.S. Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, announced he’s retiring after 17 terms representing portions of the High Desert.

“Congressman Lewis has been a great representative for California, and I would be honored to continue to fight for the principles that have guided his distinguished service,” Mitzelfelt said in a statement.

Mitzelfelt, a Republican from Wrightwood, said he will form a Congressional Campaign Committee immediately.

“The out-of-control growth in the size and scope of the federal government while at the same time it drastically cuts military spending and refuses to secure our borders is putting our nation on a dangerous path,” he added. “I will use the experience I’ve gained in local government, the private sector and as a Marine to help protect our security, rebuild the economy and help turn this country around.”

As supervisor, Mitzelfelt has spearheaded efforts to create worker-training programs, to expedite the expansion of county jails and to have more transparency in county government. He also created a program to identify and help deport illegal immigrants in the county’s jails.

Mitzeltfelt is a former Marine who served in Desert Storm. He’s a married father of a young son, a lifelong Republican and a native Californian.

After Brad Mitzelfelt declared a run for Congress Thursday, at least four locals announced their official bids to take over his seat as San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor.

In the race are:

• Ken Anderson, field representative for Mitzelfelt and Sen. Sharon Runner;

• Russ Blewett, Hesperia mayor;

• Mark Shoup, supervising deputy public defender; and

• Jermaine Wright, a trustee with the Adelanto Unified School District.

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