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REPUBLICAN GROUPS SPLIT ON A.V. ENDORSEMENTS.

Byline: Karen Maeshiro Daily News Staff Writer

They're both Republican, but the Antelope Valley California Republican League and the Antelope Valley Republican Assembly differ in their views on what candidates will best serve the Antelope Valley Union High School District.

The AVRA announced its endorsements of incumbent Sue Stokka and challenger Wayne Woodhall. The league's membership later voted to endorse incumbents Steve Landaker and Bill Olenick and challenger Brett Nelson.

``They were the most qualified people for the job,'' said Lawrence Hales, the league's president-elect and membership director. ``We are just two very different groups. They (AVRA members) are conservative. We are moderate. We are a lot easier to get along with.''

The league was formed seven years ago and has about 60 members, Hales said. The assembly was formed in the 1970s and has more than 100 members, according to its leaders.

Other candidates endorsed by the league are incumbents Sheldon Epstein and Velma Trosin and challenger Connie Petit, all in the Palmdale School District race, and Robin Kessler, running in the Westside Union School District race.

The league also endorsed incumbent Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford, who is running for re-election, and Al Beattie for Palmdale City Council.

The league voted to endorse the candidates after a candidate forum last weekend.

A written statement issued Friday by the league said: ``There was vigorous debate about the Palmdale City Council endorsements, and it was decided that, due to the large number of qualified candidates, there would be only one endorsement.''

Antelope Valley Republican Assembly leaders said they examined candidates' records on supporting local control of public schools, Judeo-Christian values and patriotism, as well as opposing the teacher training course, called CLAD, on Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development.

The assembly endorsed Kevin Carney, a high school trustee and sheriff's deputy, for Palmdale mayor, and Vice Mayor Terence Judge for re-election.

Also endorsed by the assembly were incumbent Greg Tepe and challengers Keith Giles and Edwin McClure for Lancaster School District, incumbent Sheldon Epstein for Palmdale School District, challengers Roger Oliver and Gregory Rollins for Wilsona School District, challenger Robin Kessler and incumbent Larry Bosma for Westside Union School District, and challenger Michael R. Adams for Antelope Valley College.
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