By Miguel Gonzalez
Editor and Founder
(Hesperia) –After being named the top-vote getter in Tuesday’s Hesperia City Council election, current Mayor Thurston “Smitty” Smith took a sigh of relief and dedicated the victory to the memory of his son Brandon, who died in 2007 in a tragic motorcycle accident.
Smith described this election and the tactics of some of his political enemies “among the lowest of the low.” “The campaign was ugly and negative, some even went as low as to bringing my son and his memory into it,” Smith explained.
Yet with a promise of a brand new term to continue his work as a councilmember, Smith said to be very concentrated in completing the many tasks at hand for Hesperia and its residents. “I will continue to fight for public safety and will we get the Ranchero Road Underpass started. My goal is to keep residents safe and to help welcome business that can generate more local jobs,” Smith explained.
Under Smith’s leadership, Hesperia has become the safest city in the entire Victor Valley, a distinction the Mayor said he wants to continue in 2011. “These are very important issue and my goal is to fight for our residents and their right to live in a community where criminal are not accepted.”
Retail is another issue that ranks high for Smith and said that for 2011, he expects more growth to come to the city. “The first phase of the High Desert Gateway Center is almost 100% leased-out, explained Smith. “They are getting ready to begin on a second phase, which is another 185,000 square feet of retail and you can bet Main I-15 will become the new hub of retail for the entire High Desert.”
Thankful to residents for their votes and confidence in him, Smith took today off to visit the accident site where his son Brandon lost his life. “This victory is to honor him. Wednesday I am going to visit the accident site and I am going to spend sometime by myself there and reflect on everything.”