Loma Linda Mayor Rhodes L. Rigsby in his interview for the supervisor position

Highland Community News photo by James Folmer Loma Linda Mayor Rhodes L. Rigsby, one of the five finalists under consideration to fill James Ramos’ seat, delivers his opening statement to the four remaining supervisors Tuesday at the County Administration Center in San Bernardino.

Kaisar Ahmed of Redlands

n Elected office: Ran for Redlands Unified School District board twice, Congress twice and Redlands City Council in 2016.

n Occupation: Retired teacher. Last job was at Cypress Elementary in Highland, teaching third- and fourth-graders.

n Education: Earned degrees in economics and math in his home country of Bangladesh and at Long Island University in Brooklyn. Earned his teaching credential California State University, San Bernardino and advanced degrees at UC Riverside and the Claremont Colleges.

Damon L. Alexander

of San Bernardino

n Elected office: Elected to the San Bernardino County Third District Republican Central Committee in 2016. Ran for Ward 7 on the San Bernardino City Council in 2016. Ran for San Bernardino City Unified School District board in November 2011, coming in seventh in a field of 12.

n Occupation: Former law enforcement officer. Now a real estate agent and district commander with American Legion Post 14, San Bernardino.

n Education: Bachelor’s degree in polical science from the University of La Verne, master’s in public administration from National University. Also graduated from the Harvard Leadership Institute.

Jim Bagley

of Twentynine Palms

n Elected office: Twentynine Palms City Council 1994-2004. Came in third in the race of Third District supervisor in the June 2012 primary. Served on the County Planning Commission from 1986 to 1988.

n Occupation: Real estate specialist for the Department of Defense since August 2009.  Also a real estate broker, commercial pilot and flight instructor.

n Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA, U.S. Senate intern in 1977.

Greg Bogh of Yucaipa

n Elected office: Mayor of Yucaipa, representing District 2. Has been on the council since 2010. He was not opposed in this election.

n Occupation: President of KCD Towers. Inc., a structural steel company and a former teacher.

n Education: Associates degree from San Bernardino Valley College, bachelor’s in finance from California State University, San Bernardino.

Tobin Brinker

of San Bernardino

n Elected office: Served on the Colton Joint Unified School District board and the San Bernardino City Council.

n Occupation: Teacher.

n Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science at Cal State San Bernardino.

Matthew Campos

of Morongo Valley

n Elected office: Elected to Morongo Valley Community Services District in 2015. He considered challenging Assemblyman Chad Mayes, but backed out.

n Occupation: Director of Bridge to Employment program for the Desert Best Friends Closet in Palm Desert.

n Education: Advanced nonprofit management UC Riverside.

Christopher M. Carrillo

of Highland

n Elected office: Appointed to East Valley Water District board of directors in 2014 and now serves as board president.

n Occupation:  Trial attorney and adjunct law professor at University of La Verne. He also served as assistant to Supervisor James Ramos who has left the vacancy on the Board of Supervisors following election to state Assembly. He also served as Ramos’ deputy chief of staff December 2012 to October 2014.

n Education: Carrillo earned his bachelor’s of arts in American government and English at Georgetown University, master’s of arts in American politics and public policy at Claremont Graduate University, a juris doctrate at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and is continuing his education at Stanford University.

Libbern Cook of Redlands

n Elected office:  Serves on the Redlands Citrus Preservation Commission. Ran as a Democrat in June for the 40th Assembly District and came in third. Lost in the Nov. 6 election to incumbent Patty Holohan in the race for Area 1 on the Redlands Unified School District. Applied to fill a seat on the Redlands City Council after Councilwoman Pat Gilbreath died.

n Occupation: Teacher in the Jurupa Valley School District.

Ronald Dailey

of Loma Linda

n Elected office: Served on the Loma Linda City Council since 2010.

n Occupation: Retired as dean of the Loma Linda School of Dentistry.

n Education: Bachelor’s degree from La Sierra University, masters in education from Walla Walla University in Washington, Ph.D. in dentistry from USC.

R. Carey Davis

of San Bernardino

n Elected office: Mayor of San Bernardino since 2014. Lost to John Valdivia in the Nov. 6 election.

n Occupation: Accountant specializing in financial management for businesses and non-profits.

n Education: Graduate of Pacific High School, bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, master’s in business administration from Cal State San Bernardino.

Neil Derry

of San Bernardino

n Elected office: Defeated incumbent Third District Supervisor Dennis Hansberger in June 2008 by 1,641 votes out of more than 40,000 cast. Ramos defeated Derry by nearly 19 percent of the vote in November 2012. Derry served on the San Bernardino City Council for seven years before being elected to the county post.

n Occupation: Works for Desmond & Louis Inc., a public relations firm based in Redlands.

n Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science from Cal State San Bernardino.

Bill Emerson of Redlands

n Elected office:  Represented Highland in the California Assembly from 2004 to 2010. He moved from Redlands to Hemet to run for the state Senate, then resigned his post in November 2013.

n Occupation: Orthodontist in Redlands. Also works for the California Hospital Association.

n Education: Bachelor’s degree in history and politics from La Sierra University, studied public administration at American University in Washington, D.C., while working for Rep. Jerry Pettis. Earned his D.D.S. from the School of Dentistry of Loma Linda University.

Robert Fawke of Yucaipa

n Elected office: Ran for Yucaipa City Council in November 2016, losing to incumbent Dick Riddell.

n Occupation: Retired after 24 years as a San Bernardino Superior Court judge. Worked for district attorney’s office for 17 years before being assigned to the bench.

n Education: Bachelor’s degree with a double major in politics and history and a minor in business. Earned his law degree from Golden State University in San Francisco.

Pat Ferraris of Highland

n Elected office: Has served on the East Highlands Ranch board of directors.

n Occupation: Senior trial counsel at Homan & Stone. He volunteers as a judge pro tem and on the bond commissions of San Bernardino City Unified School and San Bernardino Valley Community Colleges districts.

n Education: Graduate of Pacific High School, attended Cal State San Bernardino and earned a bachelor’s degree at USC. He earned his law degree at the University of La Verne as the “student of distinction.”

Sean Flynn of Redlands

n Elected office: Came in fifth out of five in the June 2016 primary challenging Rep. Pete Aguilar. Lost in the Nov. 6 primary to Aguilar.

n Occupation: Professor of economics at Scripps College in Claremont and author of “Economics for Dummies.”

n Education: Bachelor’s degree and master’s in economics from USC and his doctorate in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre of Barstow

n Elected office: Elected to the Barstow City Council in 2006 and has served as mayor since 2012. She is active in the Barstow Chamber of Commarce and was elected to its board and is a past board president. She has also served on the boards of the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Barstow and the Barstow College Foundation.

n Occupation: Manages a Del Taco restaurant.

Brian Hairston of Highland

n Occupation: Owner and founder of Cobalt Steel Transportation Inc. based in Los Angeles.

n Education: Graduated from Chatsworth High School then earned a business law degree from California State University, Northridge.

Dennis L. Hanberger

of Redlands

n Elected office:  Served as San Bernardino County Supervisor District 3 1972 to 1980 and again from 1996 to 2008.

n Occupation: Retired from county government and government agency consultation. He is also a citrus grower. He has previously served with the South Coast Air Quality Management District and worked with San Bernardino Associated Governments.

T. Milford Harrison

of Loma Linda

n Elected office:  Appointed to the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District in September 2016. Elected to the San Bernardino Valley Municiipal Water District Division 4 on Nov. 6. Served on the Loma Linda City Council for three terms and as mayor from 1990 to 1992.

n Occupation: Attorney. Previously worked as chief of staff for two county supervisors. Also was Loma Linda’s economic development director in the 1990s. Owns a government relations and land planning consultation business.

n Education: Bachelor's in dental hygiene and a juris doctrate from California Southern Law School in Riverside.

Karen Ickes

of Yucaipa

n Occupation: District manager for the county of San Bernardino transitional assistance department and has been working in human resources for 18 years. She opened a non-profit and transitional home for homeless individuals to become self-sufficient. She also assists with the Rock Church and World Outreach Center’s homeless ministry.

n Education: Business management.

Bill Jahn of Big Bear Lake

n Elected office: Big Bear Lake councilman and served as mayor for five terms. He has served as councilman and mayor of city of Chino.

He has also served on the boards for Southern California Association of Governments, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, League of California Cities and Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board.

n Occupation: General contractor and president of Pridemark Homes Inc. and vice president of the Northridge Group Inc., property developer.

n Education: Business major at Golden West College in Huntington Beach.

John Longville

of San Bernardino

n Elected office: Elected to San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District board in 2007. He previously served as councilman and mayor of Rialto and a member of state Assembly 1998 to 2004 and on San Bernardino Community College District board of trustees.

n Occupation: Retired faculty of San Bernardino Valley College.

Treasure Ortiz

of San Bernardino

n Elected office: None

n Occupation: Social-digital media consultant.

n Education: Master’s in public administration from Cal State San Bernardino. In school working on completing doctorate at University of La Verne.

Cristina Puraci of Highland

n Elected office: Elected to the Redlands Unified School District Board of Education in 2016 and is its president.

n Occupation: Kindergarten teacher at Terrace View Elementary in Colton Unified School District, a district she has taught at for 15 years.

n Education: Bachelor's in liberal studies from Cal State San Bernardino and a master’s in education from National University.  

Mario Saucedo

of Redlands

n Elected office: Served as chairman to the North Redlands Visioning Committee and Common Vision Coalition, as board member of Redlands Community Foundation and Inland Empire Council of Boy Scouts of America. He has also served as president of San Bernardino Public Employees Teamsters Local 1932.

n Occupation: Retired from city of Redlands Municipal Utilities.

n Education: Graduate of Redlands High School.

David Radtke

of Redlands

n Elected office: Volunteer positions only, serving more than a decade in Lions Clubs International including 2016-17 as the Council Chairman for the State of California.

n Occupation: Director of Operations at Veg Fresh Farms.

n Education: Attended the University of Redlands, studying biology and playing football.

Rhodes L. Rigsby

of Loma Linda

n Elected office: Loma Linda City Councilmember since 2006, the last eight years as mayor.

n Occupation:  Physician and executive director of Home Care Services, Loma Linda University Medical Center.

n Education:  Bachelor’s in biochemistry from Andrews University and MD from Loma Linda University.

Judith Valles

of San Bernardino

n Elected office: San Bernardino City Councilwoman/Mayor 1996-2004.

n Education: San Bernardino Valley College, bachelor’s in English from University of Redlands, master’s in Spanish literature from UC Riverside, doctoral work at UCLA.

Sylvia A. Robles

of Grand Terrace

n Elected office: Mayor pro tem, city of Grand Terrace, elected 2012, 2016

Served as a delegate: Omnitrans representative, County of San Bernardino, Board of Supervisors, Third District, 1983-1989.

n Occupation: Past Realtor with Tarbell/Gabriel Realty Group.

n Education: Associate degree in social science from San Bernardino Valley College, bachelor’s in business management from University of Redlands, master’s in public administration from Cal State University, San Bernardino.

Eddie Trejeda of Redlands

n Elected office: Redlands City Council 2016-2020

n Occupation: Special education teacher, Rialto School District

n Education: Attended Crafton Hills College, bachelor’s and master’s in special education and teaching credentials from Cal State University, San Bernardino.

Kristin Washington

of Redlands

n Elected office: Ran for Redlands School Board in 2018.

n Occupation: Employed by the not-for-profit Medi-Cal and Medicare health plan, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP).

n Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Swarthmore College.

Eric Whedbee of Redlands

(WITHDREW from race as of Monday, Dec. 10)

n Elected office: Ran for Redlands City Council, District 1 in 2018.

n Occupation: Video editor.

n Education: Bachelor’s in film studies from Portland State University, master’s in film studies from Concordia University.

Dawn Rowe of Yucca Valley

n Elected office: Yucca Valley Town Council/Mayor 2010-2014.

n Occupation: Field Representative for Congressman Paul Cook.

n Education: Bachelor's of Arts in journalism from Drake University Des Moines, Iowa.

Chris Mann of Yucaipa

n Elected office: Yucaipa Valley Water Board, Division 1, since 2016.

n Occupation: Principal of Mann Communications. Former chief of staff for Supervisor Josie Rodriguez.

n Education: Bachelor’s in political science and psychology and master’s in public policy and administration from Cal Lutheran.

Mike Saifie of Redlands

n Elected office: Ran for Redlands City Council in 2018

n Occupation: Food industry.

n Education: Bachelor’s from Cal State Los Angeles and a master’s from Cal Baptist University.

Jack P. Roberts

of Big Bear Valley

n Elected office: Director of Bear Valley Community Healthcare District.

n Occupation: General Manager of Big Bear Airport.

n Education: Bachelor’s in political science from Cal Poly Pomona, master’s in public administration from Webster University.

Renea Wickman of Redlands

n Elected office: Ran for Redlands City Council, District 1 in 2018.

n Occupation: Community liaison for the Colton-Joint Unified School District and coordinator of Redlands Triathlon and 5K walk.

n Education: Bachelor’s in biology from UC Riverside.

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