The unofficial total of candidates seeking election to the new 8th Congressional District is now at ten. Former assemblyman Anthony Adams and KABC 790 talk show host Phil Liberatore are the latest to join the race.
Adams served two terms in the California State Assembly.
He was one of six Republicans who crossed the isle to vote for the largest tax increase in state history and stated at the time, “I dare with the full knowledge that this will probably be the end of a political career for me, but the fact of the matter is California is in a place where they need people who are willing to sacrifice their own personal agenda for what’s right.”
Adams’ tax vote resulted in a recall attempt that was spurred by KFI’s John and Ken and supported by special interest groups throughout the state. After the recall failed he chose not to run for a third term and was subsequently appointed to the California State Parole Board.
Adams earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Cal State San Bernardino and a law degree from Western State University. Prior to winning his seat in the Assembly, he worked as the director of legislative affairs for the county of San Bernardino.
Adams is no longer a member of the Republican Party. He lists his affiliation as “no party.”
Liberatore is certified public accountant and owns IRS Problem Solvers. He earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Life Pacific College.
Liberatore is also an ordained minister and has written several books, including God, Money & You and An Inside Look at the IRS. He served as the Executive Pastor for Florence Avenue Foursquare Church.
Liberatore can currently be heard on KABC 790 talk radio on Sundays between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. He has not been elected to public office but did garner more than 37 percent of the vote in his first try for Congress against Gary Miller two years ago.
Liberatore is a Republican. He is a social and fiscal conservative.
In addition to Adams and Liberatore, the current list of candidates said to be running are:
- First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, Republican
- Assemblyman Paul Cook, Republican
- Former Hesperia mayor Bill Jensen, Republican
- Victorville Mayor Ryan McEachron, Republican
- Victorville city councilwoman Angela Valles, Republican
- Superior Court employee Jack Devlin, Unknown
- Barstow resident Jackie Conaway, Democrat
- Minuteman Civil Defense co-founder Gregg Imus, Republican
Political insiders claim Senator Bob Dutton is considering a run for the 8th instead of the 31st. The Hesperia Star tweeted that Bill Jensen is running for the Assembly.
The 8th Congressional District includes parts of San Bernardino, Mono and Inyo counties. Candidates are not required to live within the district. The last day for filing is March 9, 2012.
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