Colonel PAUL COOK
STRONG VOICE to EMPOWER
Friday, September 20, 2019, Apple Valley,
California____Colonel Paul Cook, USMC (ret.) announced his campaign for San
Bernardino County Supervisor in District 1.
Cook stated, "After
twenty-six years in the Marine Corps, my attention turned first to local
government. 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 D.C. that seek to overrun rural
communities like ours."
Last month, current San Bernardino County Supervisor
Robert Lovingood announced he would not seek re-election. The Supervisorial
District 1 includes Apple Valley, Victorville, Hesperia, and Adelanto, as well
as smaller communities such as Trona near the northern county line and Needles
on the Arizona state border.
Field Representative for Congressman Paul announced to
the Big Bear Valley Republican Assembly that Paul Cook would campaign for the
San Bernardino County Supervisor position.
The other important announcement was that California Assemblyman Jay Obernolte
was announcing his campaign for Congress.
Paul Cook continued, "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 San Bernardino County Sheriff, Deputies, Police, Firefighters,
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.”
U.S. Congress has been an absolute honor, and I'm proud of my numerous
victories amid a tough partisan atmosphere. 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."
Assemblyman OBERNOLTE and
A Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Paul Cook is a staunch advocate for
Veterans locally and around the nation. He served as an infantry officer, retiring
as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, Cook was
awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.
In that time, Congressman
Paul Cook has authored legislation and advocated for countless issues specific
to the High Desert, including the following:
An amendment to
address damage to local military bases, including Fort Irwin, caused by
legislation to create the first national system of Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation areas and designate
or expand six off-highway vehicle areas locally, including Johnson Valley,
Spangler Hills, El Mirage, Rasor, Dumont Dunes, and Stoddard Valley.
legislation to protect critical wilderness areas permanently, while
allowing economic development and recreational use in areas unsuitable for
Fought to allow sale of surplus military equipment to the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department to ensure
they have the equipment necessary to fight heavily armed drug cartels and
terrorists. (This type of equipment was utilized during the response to the San
Bernardino terrorist attacks in December of 2015.)
Co-sponsored and voted for HR 4854, the Justice Served Act, which provides additional
resources to state and local prosecutors to address the backlog of violent
crime cases involving suspects identified through DNA evidence.
Jump started creation of an Urban Warfare Training Center
at Fort Irwin, with the goal of developing a new
training space to allow troops to prepare for the most modern forms of urban
Supported reform legislation for the federal Department of
Veterans Affairs to speed up response times and
provide improved service to our nation's Veterans.
Authored successful HIRE Vets Act to promote hiring of veterans and recognize businesses
that do so.
PAUL COOK also announced the following
initial endorsements for his supervisorial
Supervisor Robert Lovingood
Supervisor Janice Rutherford
Supervisor Dawn Rowe
Supervisor Curt Hagman
Assemblyman Jay Obernolte
Assemblyman Chad Mayes