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Bishop, Cusack take major lead in AV council bid

November 7, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz
STAFF WRITER

APPLE VALLEY • Former fire chief Art Bishop and local businessman Larry Cusack jumped to commanding leads in a field of nine candidates for two Town Council seats late Tuesday night.

Bishop, a heavy favorite from the start of election season, received 27.95 percent of the initial votes counted by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters.

“We had lots of people coming and going from Larry’s place since early this afternoon,” said Bishop, who took a break from the evening’s festivities. “We put in a lot of hard work over the last few months, and we are both excited about our new roles.”

Bishop, who is also president of the Mojave Water Agency board, joined forces with Cusack as the duo worked to endorse each other during the campaign on various advertising platforms.

Bishop had the second largest campaign budget of the nine candidates.

Cusack, who sits on several community boards and is the owner of Apple Valley Communications, received 27.74 percent of the vote with his “Cusack Cares” motto and the largest campaign budget of the nine council candidates.

“I ran because I wanted to help the people of Apple Valley, and that is what I hope to do for the next four years,” Cusack said.

Businessman David Phillips, who was endorsed by Mayor Barb Stanton and Councilman Rick Roelle, was trailing in third place with 14.2 percent.

“I always believed that the citizens of Apple Valley were well informed when it came to voting, and they take the right to vote very serious as they investigated the candidates,” Bishop said.

Here’s how the rest of the candidates were stacking up according to preliminary results:

• Art Bishop, retired fire chief —27.95 percent
• Christina Burton, retired —4.53 percent
• Iver Bye, attorney — 7.53 percent
• Larry Cusack, local businessman — 27.74 percent
• Jackie Moore, retired — 5.04 percent
• David Phillips, family business man — 14.28 percent
• Tom Piper, composite engineer — 3.00 percent
• Robert “Bob” Seifert, retired — 4.22 percent
• Tony Tyler, small business owner — 5.71 percent

The new candidates will be seated during the Dec. 11 council meeting, where Councilman Rick Roelle’s four-year term will end and former Mayor Pro Tem Ginger Coleman’s seat will be filled.

Curt Emick was appointed as Mayor Pro Tem in August, after Coleman resigned to accept a position with the District Attorney’s office in San Diego.
Click on VVDailyPress.com for updated election results.

Rene De La Cruz may be reached at (760) 951-6227 or at RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com.