AV councilman increases 1st District candidate field to six
January 18, 2012 5:46 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs

Apple Valley Councilman Rick Roelle announced his intentions Wednesday evening to compete for San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor in the June election.

Roelle is finishing up his second term on the Town Council. He’s also served with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for 30 years, currently holding the rank of lieutenant.

Several supervisorial candidates have emerged since Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt announced last week he’ll be running for the 8th Congressional District, with longtime U.S. Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, now retiring.

Five other candidates have confirmed their intentions to run for 1st District Supervisor:

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

• Russ Blewett, Hesperia mayor;

• Michael Orme, field representative for U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon;

• Mark Shoup, supervising deputy public defender; and

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

The 1st District includes the bulk of the Victor Valley and spans more than 15,000 square miles from Wrightwood to Baker and the Nevada and Arizona state lines. It includes Fort Irwin and the unincorporated communities surrounding Barstow.

The supervisorial election coincides with the June 5 presidential primary. Candidates must file for the race between Feb. 13 and March 9, according to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters

Brooke Edwards Staggs may be reached at (760) 955-5358 or at bedwards@VVDailyPress.com. Follow her on Twitter @DPPolitics.

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