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Rep. Paul Cook Declares Bid for District 1 San Bernardino County Supervisor
After nearly seven years in the U.S Congress, representing the 8th Congressional District, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) has announced his campaign for San Bernardino County (SBC) Supervisor in District 1. The district has been represented most recently by SBC Supervisor Robert Lovingood who announced last month that would not be seeking reelection. Supervisor Lovingood has announced his endorsement of Rep. Cook to succeed him as District 1 Supervisor.
The 8th Congressional District includes Apple Valley, Victorville, Hesperia, and Adelanto, as well as smaller communities such as Trona to the north and Needles on the Arizona state border and numerous small desert communities. Rep. Cook has represented the entire SBC 1st Supervisorial District during his time in Congress.
“Serving in Congress has been an absolute honor, and I’m proud of my numerous victories amid a tough partisan atmosphere,” said Rep. Cook. “Our high desert needs continued strong leadership at the county level, and I pledge to fight for this area with the same dedication and conviction I’ve demonstrated my entire career.”
In addition to his years as a U.S. Congressman, Rep. Cook also served the 65th Assembly District for six years in the California State Legislature and served on the Yucca Valley Town Council. Prior to his legislative terms, Rep. Cook served 26 years in the United States Marine Corps. He was an infantry officer who served with distinction and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. His actions in combat earned him a number of honors, including two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star Medal with a V for valor. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1992 as a colonel.
In addition to his endorsement by Supervisor Lovingood, Rep. Cook’s bid for SBC Supervisor has also garnered the endorsements of Supervisor Janice Rutherford (SBC District 2), Supervisor Dawn Rowe (SBC District 3), SBC Supervisor and Board Chairman Curt Hagman (District 4) as well as Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-33rd District-Hesperia) and Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-42nd District-Rancho Mirage).
During his tenure in Congress, Rep Cook has authored legislation and advocated for countless issues specific to the High Desert, including numerous bill for military personnel, veterans and military facilities; the creation of the first national system of Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation areas and designated or expanded six off-highway vehicle areas; authored successful legislation to protect critical wilderness areas permanently, while allowing economic development and recreational use in areas unsuitable for conservation; authored the successful HIRE Vets Act to promote hiring of veterans and recognizing businesses that do so; and cosponsored legislation to allow for the clearing of dead trees and other fuels that contribute to devastating wildfires.
“After twenty-six years in the Marine Corps, my attention turned first to local government, said Rep. Cook. “And while I’ve been called to serve in other capacities such as Congress, my focus has always been on empowering communities and making sure local residents have the strongest voice in decisions that affect them. As supervisor, I’ll work to carry out the will of my constituents, while fighting the bureaucracies in Sacramento and Washington DC that seek to overrun rural communities like ours.”
Rep. Cook continued his comments saying “Our region has always been at the forefront of attempts to balance economic, recreational, and ecological needs. I’ve fought for our communities at both the state and the federal level and know that by building consensus and coalitions, we can position our region as a go-to area for businesses, tourism, and most importantly, job growth. As always, I’ll keep an eye toward public safety and work closely with our sheriff, sheriff’s deputies, police, firefighters, and other law enforcement officers and first responders to protect our families and our property. Good communities are built upon good public safety, and I’ll never waiver on my commitment to keep out the criminal element and give our families peace of mind. I’m also committed to utilizing my transportation expertise for the county and to addressing veterans’ homelessness.”