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Kevin Jeffries Maintains Slim Lead Over Bob Buster In Supervisor Race

The latest ballot count from the Nov. 6 general election had Jeffries, R- Lake Elsinore, with 53,199 votes compared to 52,387 for Buster, or 50.38 percent to 49.62 percent.

The narrow lead outgoing Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries held over Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster in the race to represent the county's First District was still holding today.

The latest ballot count from the Nov. 6 general election had Jeffries, R- Lake Elsinore, with 53,199 votes compared to 52,387 for Buster, or 50.38 percent to 49.62 percent.

[Click here to see the latest results on all the races pertaining to Lake Elsinore and Wildomar.]

The Registrar of Votes' website noted that all vote-by-mail ballots had been processed, but 60,000 provisional and 9,000 damaged ballots had yet to be tabulated countywide.

Another updated vote count is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday.

Jeffries said he was not yet ready to declare victory, and Buster was not yet prepared to concede as of Monday.

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.

Campaign filings showed both Buster and Jeffries spent six-figure amounts on their races, though Buster raised 60 percent more in political contributions.

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 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 -- without assurances for long-term funding.

Balance November 14, 2012 at 07:55 AM
812 votes separate the two. 69,000 ballots to count. Next update, Friday, November 16th!
Hobie November 14, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I can't help but notice that Kevin Jeffries' campaign signs along with thank you notes are still in place, at least the large ones. Meanwhile, all other campaign signs from other candidates and campaigns seem to have been removed.
Martha L. Bridges November 14, 2012 at 08:24 PM
LER, I agree that this information you have brought up is of great concern and needs to be addressed. There are many investors and developers who wish to weaken or destroy CEQA and with that would come the destruction of our local and state environments. I am fighting much the same situation in Wildomar with the city council ready to approve any new project without Environmental Impact Reports or other considerations. Unfortunately our local governments are at the least being very shortsighted, and at the worst are actually breaking the law. However, people who want to protect the environment have to understand that ordinary people can only take in our arguements in small amounts.
Martha L. Bridges November 14, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I believe the law says all campaign sighs must be removed within 24 hours...including thank you notes.
The Teller of Truth November 15, 2012 at 12:18 AM
NO mArfa, we can only take YOU in small amounts!
The Teller of Truth November 15, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Its a conspiracy I tell you! A conspiracy! I'm glad someone FINALLY adressed you as I'm getting sick of reading your same 'cut & paste' about 20 times! It figures that it would be Marfa to do it too! Why don't you & Marfa & Gil meet together & start planning all of your 'corruption busting' meetings together? Laughing stock!
Hobie November 15, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Hey, the signs are gone! Now to study Agenda 12 issues...
Constant Comment November 15, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Good thing that the marfa sign patrol is on the job! }~)
Constant Comment November 15, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Marfa trying to tell the general public what they are capable of comprehending! What is your life like constantly "fighting" everybody? Are you just desperately trying to find some sort of inner peace, truth & happiness, before you bite the big one? Normally I would say that a person can always change...but in your case, I think you are a total lost cause! }~)
Constant Comment November 15, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I'm glad little LER finally found a play date on the floor that hes always rolling around on! HA! }~)

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