Jeffries Declares Victory in County Supervisor Race

RIVERSIDE – Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries Wednesday declared victory in the race to represent Riverside County’s First District, thanking his opponent, Supervisor Bob Buster, who in turn congratulated Jeffries.

”With the votes reported tonight, I am pleased to announce that we have clearly won our race, and I look forward to bringing a new direction and energy to the First District office,” Jeffries, 51, said in an online statement.

The latest ballot count in the cliffhanger race showed Jeffries with 57,467 votes compared to 56,243 for Buster, or 50.54 percent to 49.46 percent. Jeffries’ lead — which he called ”insurmountable” — was about 100 votes greater than on Monday.

” I want to thank Bob Buster for his 20 years of service,” Jeffries said. ”Even when I disagreed with his positions, I knew he was fighting for what he believed in, and I appreciated his independence.

”In the end, I believe my message of transparency, accessibility and reform of county processes, advocacy for job creation by helping small businesses and making front line public safety the first priority of our budget resonated with voters.”

Buster, 68, congratulated Jeffries by telephone.

According to the Registrar of Voters’ website, 5,000 provisional ballots were left to be processed from the Nov. 6 general election. But those ballots were from races countywide, not just the First District. A final vote count update is scheduled to be released at 6 p.m. Monday.

Buster, a Harvard-educated citrus farmer, failed to win more than 50 percent of the vote in the June primary, forcing him into a runoff election for the first time since his first campaign in 1992.

Buster’s camp underscored a record of trying to improve the local economy and save the county money through public employee pension reform and backing infrastructure projects that employee local laborers.

Jeffries, who is in the final weeks of his third term in the Legislature, criticized Buster’s six-figure pension and vowed that if elected, he would work to convert all the supervisors’ retirement plans to self-funded 401(k)s.

The property management firm owner also criticized Buster for supporting some aspects of Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2011 ”realignment” plan that resulted in many state responsibilities being shifted onto counties.


Jeffries to Make Announcement about Election Results

RIVERSIDE – Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries will make an announcement tomorrow regarding the outcome of the race to be the Riverside County supervisor representing the First District.

”I have decided to make a campaign announcement … immediately following the election count update from the Registrar of Voters,” Jeffries, R- Lake Elsinore, said via email.

”I am very pleased with the current lead and believe that after the update is given, I should be able to announce some good news about the election and the new direction and energy that will come from the future First District office,” he said.

The announcement will be made on Jeffries’ website, via email, Facebook and Twitter.

Incumbent Supervisor Bob Buster said today that he would ”reserve comment” on the Nov. 6 general election until a later time.

The most recent ballot count, posted Monday, had Jeffries winning 56,826 votes compared to 55,692 for Buster, or 50.50 percent to 49.50 percent. The challenger said it was his ”highest lead” yet in the ballot tally.

According to the Registrar of Voters’ website, 33,000 provisional ballots were left to be processed. Generally, provisionals are requested at polling places when a voter seeks to cast a ballot but his or her name does not appear on voter registration rolls. They’re asked to vote provisionally, and then the county conducts research to confirm they’re actually registered so their vote can be tabulated. Otherwise, it’s rejected.

The next vote count update is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday.

This was the first time Buster had been forced into a runoff election since his inaugural campaign in 1992. The Harvard-educated citrus farmer failed to win more than 50 percent of the vote in the June primary.

Buster’s camp underscored a record of trying to improve the local economy and save the county money through public employee pension reform and the acquisition of federal grants for transportation projects that employee local workers.

Jeffries, who is being termed out of office in the state Legislature, criticized Buster’s six-figure pension and vowed that if elected, he would work to convert all the supervisors’ retirement plans to self-funded 401(k)s. The property management firm owner also blasted the incumbent for supporting some aspects of Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2011 ”realignment” initiative that resulted in many state responsibilities being shifted onto counties.

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