Art Bishop


November 23, 2013 7:41 PM
Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer

APPLE VALLEY • The race for Assemblyman Tim Donnelly’s seat just got a bit more crowded, as a third Apple Valley resident has thrown his hat into the ring.

Apple Valley Mayor Pro Tem Art Bishop announced Friday that he will make a run for California’s 33rd Assembly District seat with an endorsement from Donnelly.

“Art is a stalwart defender of the Constitution and someone highly qualified to serve our region,” Donnelly wrote in a letter endorsing Bishop. “He is precisely the representative this district needs.”

If Bishop wins the job, someone will have to fill his old one. Traditionally, the mayor pro tem of Apple Valley serves for a year before being appointed mayor by the council in December.

“If I’m fortunate enough to win the state seat, I could still serve my time on the council through 2014,” Bishop said Saturday. “If I leave for Sacramento in 2015, the council would have to have a special election or appoint another council member for the year.”

Fellow Apple Valley residents Rick Roelle and Brett Savage also recently announced their run for the Assembly seat.

A former councilman who also served as mayor, Roelle, 54, is currently a lieutenant with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Barstow Station.

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