For Immediate Release: June 15, 2012
Contact: Stacy Nicola (951) 371-7155
KEVIN JEFFRIES READY FOR A RUNOFF!
Updated Vote Count Confirms Likely Showdown with Weakened
20 Year Incumbent in November
(Riverside, CA) The latest round of updated vote counts from the Riverside County Registrar of Voters again confirms that Kevin Jeffries is headed for a runoff in November against weakened 20-year incumbent County Supervisor Bob Buster.
With over 40,000 votes now counted, Kevin Jeffries has widened his lead over Mike Soubirous to 622 votes, and the last four vote updates have shown his lead grow. He has also narrowed the gap between him and the incumbent, with just over 6% of the vote now separating them.
Approximately 7,000 provisional ballots remain to be counted county wide, but no known experts are predicting a change in the final outcome.
“I am very pleased with the results of the June election,” said Jeffries. “Mike Soubirous ran a very well-funded and strong campaign. I believe it was my volunteers and the more than 8,000 homes that my wife and I personally visited that made the difference in this race. I also think that my 30 years experience as a small business owner helped voters trust that my commitment to fiscal responsibility and job creation is solid, and that my 29 years of service as a volunteer firefighter show my commitment to public safety and our community.”
Incumbent Supervisor Bob Buster, despite 20 years in office, received only 38% of the vote, and was forced into a runoff for the first time since his first election in 1992. “The incumbent’s low vote total has sent shock waves through the district,” said Jeffries. “After five terms as a Supervisor, over 61% of his constituents voted to have him retire from office. It is clear that Western Riverside County voters are looking for a change in leadership, and a new direction from their County Supervisor.”
Kevin Jeffries’ experience as a local business owner and volunteer firefighter, and his record at the state and local level of fighting for Riverside County residents and against higher taxes, burdensome regulations on job creators, and the early release of thousands of convicted criminals has earned him the support of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the California Small Business Association, Riverside County Farm Bureau, and the Riverside County Deputy District Attorneys Association, among others, as well as elected officials from every city in the district, including Mayor Ron Loveridge in the City of Riverside.
“I am very proud of the support I have received, and all of the work done by volunteers throughout the district. I want to thank them for all the help they provided, allowing me to make it to the runoff despite both other candidates having raised more money than I did,” said Jeffries. “I hope the voters who supported Mike Soubirous in his campaign against the incumbent will support me in this race, and I hope that many that didn’t vote in June will take the time to examine my support of real reform as we head to November.”
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Jeffries has been a resident of Riverside County for 41 years. He has been active in regional, local and non-profit organizations, serving 16 years as a locally elected water district Director, 2 years each as a Recreation & Parks Director and County Parks Advisory commissioner, 5 years as a Riverside County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) member and 29 years as a Riverside County Volunteer Firefighter. Jeffries served on numerous Chamber of Commerce and economic development committees and is currently President and partner of his investment firms. Jeffries is serving his final term in the California State Legislature representing a large portion of both Riverside County and the First Supervisorial District.