High Desert Daily
(Victorville)–This coming Tuesday will be a historic day, no doubt. Not only will the United States of America elect the candidate that will be President for the next four years, but local communities will also decide on who will lead their city councils, school boards, and more. It’s a big election day this year for the High Desert community, so High Desert Daily went out and asked some of the community leaders here about the election. Some are running themselves and some are long time members of this community that want to see our desert continue to prosper.
Jim Stasiak, business owner, local community leader and former board member for Victorville Chamber of Commerce spoke about a few of the races going on that affect us locally, such as the race for County Supervisor. “For the county supervisor race, one candidate is a business owner ( robert Lovingood) and can put people to work and one candidate has worked for the government his whole life (Rick Roelle). That’s the choice that has to be made: one is supported by the unions, one is supported by the business community. That’s what it all comes down to. As far as the local races, in Victorville, we have one man single handedly trying to buy the election, and that would be (developer) W. Daniel Tate,” said Stasiak.
Victorville Mayor Ryan McEachron spoke about some of the positive points that he has seen for his election for Victorville City Council. “I think I’m the candidate that has been able to raise the most money and garnered the most support. I’ve enjoyed endorsements from our District Attorney, County Sheriff, both George and Sharon Runner, and of course Congressman Buck McKeon. I’ve got several great endorsements; I’ve been able to raise the most money out of all the candidates so that I could communicate my message to the voters. That’s been some of the positive points of the campaign.”
McEachron reflected back on the progress Victorville has made in these past four years as he looks towards the future, “We have done a lot of great things in the last four years: like the La Mesa/ Nisqualli Interchange under construction. That was probably my number one priority. We’ve added deputies to our police force through the budgeting process, so that’s a positive sign. You see revitalization at the Mall of Victor Valley, that’s a huge deal. We got a new Super Wal-Mart open and another one getting ready to break ground. All kinds of new retail and commercial development going on throughout the city: so lots of great things going on, and I think there’s still more to do, and that’s what I’m looking forward to in the next four years.”
Mike Rothschild, longtime community leader and member of the Victorville City Council, spoke about the rising number of those interested in the city council, “Well, there’s a lot of people interested in the council and I think with more people running, you learn more about the city and you find out that there’s not a lot of crooks out here and that we’re making pretty good decisions. For the most part, a lot people are beginning to understand that it’s a complicated city to run and we’ve done a pretty good job of handling the issues. We’ll see how the election comes out, in my opinion I think the people handling those issues will get elected.”
Joe Brady, current Victor Valley College Board of Trustees Member, looks to be elected for the Victor Valley College Board, and he is not one to shy away from the problems that need to be addressed in order to move forward, as well as the positives that come from the rising involvement from the community in this current election. “I think the good part of it is that people want to be involved. Whether you agree with a candidate or not is immaterial. You want people to vote, you want people to go out and make an educated decision.”
Brady said he is confident in the future of the desert “I look at the High Desert as its own economy, even outside the Inland Empire. I think we got some real challenges that we have to deal with, and I think we need to deal with them not only on a local basis, but also more as a collaborative basis. It would be nice to see one of these day, the four or five cities, I even include Barstow in this because I think Barstow is a huge player within the High Desert region, get those five councils to really sit down. I think we have a lot of cross issues that all these councils need to discuss. I think we will find out on Wednesday if people want to elect people who make tough decisions or do they want to elect people that may not really match what the populous wants,” Brady added.
In regards to Victor Valley College, Brady spoke about the importance of getting the junior college back on track financially, while not endangering classes. “I believe that the can has been kicked down the road far enough for the finances of the college, that it can’t be kicked anymore. I have travelled the entire district in the last nine days. I have met with literally every single school board, I have presented to boards, I gone to the municipal advisory councils: people are sick and tired of hearing excuses out of VVC. People are sick and tired of people pointing fingers at VVC. So we can point fingers as board members all day long at each other or we can sit down and put our personal agendas aside and sit down and do what we have to do to make sure VVC is never on probation again, and how we balance this budget no matter what we got to do, without cutting classes.”
So make sure to head to your polling location this Tuesday and make your voice heard. It is for the people to elect who they feel are truly the best candidates for the job, so make sure to take part in this historic election. To find your polling location, visit http://www.vote411.org.