February 28, 2012 11:04 AM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

Ken Anderson announced Tuesday he’s dropping out of the race for San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor.

Anderson, owner of Anderson’s True Value Hardware in Phelan, discussed his decision at the lunch meeting of the Hi-Desert Republicans Women Federated at Spring Valley Lake Country Club.

“I’d certainly like to thank my campaign, the committee — who by the way advised me to not drop out, they wanted me to continue to run — and I had a lot of support from the community …” Anderson said after the meeting, “but I just felt at heart at this time I was not able to continue.”

Anderson, who had announced his intentions to run Jan. 12, has volunteered as representative for state Sen. Sharon Runner and community liaison for current 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, who is now running for Congress in the new 8th District. Anderson has also served as director of the Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District and county planning commissioner.

Seven candidates remain in the 1st District race:

• Russ Blewett, Hesperia mayor;

• Bret Henry, San Bernardino County Fire captain;

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

• Rick Roelle, Apple Valley councilman;

• Mark Shoup, supervising deputy public defender;

• Bob Smith, community liaison for Mitzelfelt; and

• Jermaine Wright, 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 by March 9.

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Natasha Lindstrom may be reached at (760) 951-6232 or at NLindstrom@VVDailyPress.com.

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