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Letter to the Editor: Get to Know Danny Tillman

Danny Tillman

Danny Tillman

I am Danny Tillman and I am running for United States Congress for District 31. We are just days away from determining who will represent our community in Washington D.C. I am humbly asking that you vote for me on Tuesday, June 3, and elect me as your Representative for Congressional District 31.

Please allow me the opportunity to tell you a little about myself and just a few of my personal and community accomplishment in my 51 years of life. I am a lifelong Democrat born and raised in our district, right here in the City of San Bernardino and never left. I know what we need to grow our economy and I will work hard to make our district a better place for us all. I am a product of the San Bernardino City Unified District. I graduated from San Bernardino High School, San Bernardino Valley College and received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an Information Technology concentration from California State University San Bernardino.

I have worked for the County of San Bernardino for 34 years and presently as the IT Department manager for Human Services. I was raised in New Hope Missionary Baptist Church where I play the drums in the Men’s adult choir. I have been a mentor for 30 years, serving as President of the Black Future Leaders. In addition, I served as Vice President to the San Bernardino NAACP for 2 terms and sat on the San Bernardino Valley College Foundation. I have been on the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board for the past 19 years and was re-elected this past November to my fifth term. After locating 40 million dollars my first year as a school board member, I have led my colleagues in effectively balancing the multi-million dollar budget, building 17 new schools, along with  creating thousands of new jobs in our area.

Now it is my desire to go to Washington and fight for jobs, education, seniors, safety and to make sure we continue and expand Obamacare. This election is VERY important and your vote does count! Today, I am asking for your vote to assist me in fighting for our community in a much larger capacity than I have ever done before. If you have not had the opportunity to visit my website, visit it at www.dannytillmanforcongress.com.

We have been blessed to have a campaign office for the past two months. I need you to help me cross the finish line by making a donation and volunteering to call voters and walk door to door these last few crucial days of my campaign. Our Campaign phone contact is (909) 888-7042 or (909) 567-0222. We are located at 577 North ‘D’ Street, Suite 103—104 in San Bernardino (92401). Our hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

If you have not voted yet you can vote early at the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters Office at 777 East Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino, May 5 – June 2  Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Election Day, Tuesday June 3, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you have questions as to where your polling location is you can call the Registrar of Voters Office at (909) 387-8300.

Publisher’s Election Recommendations Please Vote on June 3rd

  • Lieutenant Governor:

    Gavin Newsom

  • Secretary of State

    Alex Padilla

  • Controller

    John Perez

  • Treasurer

    John Chiang

  • Attorney General

    Kamala D. Harris

  • Insurance Commissioner:

    Dave Jones

  • Superintendent of Public Instructions:

    Tom Torlakson

  • U. S. Representative  District 8

    Bob Conaway

  • U.S. Representative District 31

    Danny Tillman

  • U.S. Representative District 35

    Norma Torres

  • State Senator District 20

    Shannon O’Brien

  • State Assembly District 40

    Kathleen Henry

  • State Assembly District 47

    Cheryl R. Brown

  • SB County Superintendent of Schools

    Ted Ajejandre

  • SB County District Attorney

    Grover D. Merritt

  • SB County Sheriff/Coroner/Public Administrator:

    Clifton Harris

  • Proposition 41…

    Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond of 2014…. YES

  • Proposition 42… Public Records… Reimbursement To Local Agencies… Amendment….


First Humanitarian Classical Soul Duo Ron Blakely and Nicholas Haklitch Jimenez

Blakely and Haklitch JimenezRe-Written By Naomi K. Bonman

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- The blending of musical genres is what makes music unique. Nicholas Haklitch (CSUSB Alumni ’12) and singer Ron Blakely (University of Redlands Alumni ’13 have joined forces in bringing a combination of classical, soul to the masses. The duo came together 3 months ago, and since then they have been productive for the past six weeks in playing at over 28 shows and recording, producing and publishing their first EP entitled ‘Tired’, which ranked in the 86 spot on iTunes Top 100. They sold over 200 copies within the first week of the EP’s release and were able to gain a dedicated fan base.

In addition to increasing their audience, the two college alumni musicians have been approached by several band managers and independent record labels, and have received a countless number of emails from other musicians and fans stating how the EP has “changed”, “inspired”, “helped”, and “influenced” them.

‘Tired’ takes two genres of music, classical and soul, to create a heartache album that takes listeners through the journey of Blakeley’s personal failed romantic relationship in a way that is able to connect the listener in an intimate and relatable approach. Ron encourages fans to reminisce on their lost times and loves.

The primary objective of BHJMusic is to write and publish good, humble, honest and compassionate music that can enhance the listener’s life. With every single sale that the duo makes, they have agreed to donate one-third of their earnings to local non-profits, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters in the Inland Empire.

“Music is the tool that will allow us to achieve our ultimate dream, giving everyone we encounter a financial break so that they can breathe a little easier, sleep a little easier, and feel like there are two people in this world that care”, Blakely states.

For more information, please visit www.bhjmusic.com. For those that would like to see the duo perform they play every Monday at the Fox Theatre in Riverside, and every Tuesday they play two shows, one at Augie’s Coffee and the second at Back to the Grind in Riverside.