In his quest to get a seat on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries (R-Lake Elsinore) can claim to be a small business owner in his candidate statement, a court decided Monday.
Riverside County Courthouse Commissioner Paulette Durand-Barkley ruled against Supervisor Bob Buster’s legal challenge to Jeffries’ “business owner” designation on the ballot. Buster had objected to the language given Jeffries six years spent in the legislature.
Buster currently serves the county as the District 1 supervisor -- a district that includes Lake Elsinore and Wildomar. He is being challenged by Jeffries, who terms out of the State Assembly this year. Mike Soubirous, a retired California Highway Patrol officer, is also seeking the District 1 seat.
In the lawsuit decided Monday, Buster also challenged Jeffries’ candidate statement that he is “the only candidate who voted to oppose raising your vehicle tax, income tax and sales tax, saving families nearly $1,000 a year.” Durand-Barkley ruled in favor of Buster on that challenge, and Jeffries was required to strike the statement or provide an altered version.
As a county supervisor, Buster cannot cast a vote in the state legislature – neither can Soubirous.