November 18, 2013 7:11 PM
Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
APPLE VALLEY • After coming up short in his last political battle, one local resident is getting back into the ring as he fights for a state Assembly seat.
Former Apple Valley Councilman Rick Roelle has announced his run for the 33rd State Assembly seat held by Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, who declared his run for governor earlier this month.
“I believe my passion for public service coupled with my conservative values will enable me to continue the fight for the great people of this district,” Roelle, 54, posted on Facebook on Saturday. “You can count on me to ensure your voice is heard in Sacramento.”
Roelle, a Lieutenant with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Barstow Station, lost a tight race with Robert Lovingood for the 1st District Supervisor position a year ago.
The November 2012 election was Round Two at the polls for Roelle and Lovingood, who finished the race in a virtual tie the previous June.
During the supervisor race, Roelle was coming off an eight-year run as a council member in Apple Valley, where he served two terms as mayor.
Roelle’s 32 years with the Sheriff’s Department has included assignment with jails, patrol, narcotics and the Internal Affairs Division.
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