Jeffires

By PE Politics
on February 4, 2011 10:45 AM

Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries has filed paperwork to raise money for a possible candidacy for the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in 2012.

Jeffries, R-Lake Elsinore, lives in the district of Supervisor Bob Buster, who is up for re-election next year.

Between now and then, however, supervisors’ districts will be redrawn to reflect changes in population since the last census. It’s unknown if Jeffries’ home will be in Buster’s new district.

Jeffries was recently re-elected to a third Assembly term and has to leave office next year because of term limits. Jeffries’ Jan. 26 filing to open a county supervisor committee potentially lets him collect much larger campaign donations during his final two years in Sacramento; Riverside County has no contribution limits.

In a December interview, Jeffries said he had no interest in running for the state Senate but left the door open to someday seeking local office.

“I am going home,” Jeffries said. “I love what I do, but I want to go back someplace where my efforts can be productive in making a difference.”

Among the five current board members, Buster is the longest serving. He was first elected to the board in 1992, and unlike several of his colleagues, Buster has faced opposition in each of his five campaigns.

All but one — his 2008 victory over Riverside City Councilman Frank Schiavone with 62 percent of the vote — have been narrow wins. Many were against better-funded opponents.

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