“Hi. I’m Kevin Jeffries, better known as ‘The Rookie,’” remarked the Riverside County First District Supervisor. Jeffries clutches a baseball bat while standing in the outfield of the Diamond, the ballpark where Lake Elsinore’s minor league team The Storm plays.
While this was Jeffries inaugural address, each of Riverside County’s five supervisors produces a year-in-review video in order to emphasize their accomplishments and the exciting new developments within their district. Many choose to spotlight new infrastructure and successful community events. These videos are then featured as part of the annual State of the County event.
The self-described “rookie” is in fact a long-time politico in the area. Prior to winning a narrow 1.12% margin over incumbent Bob Buster for the First District supervisorial seat, Jeffries served as a California Assemblyman and former Chairman of the Republican Party of Riverside County.
Jeffries decided to film his at various locations in his district, including the ballpark and a new fire station in Lake Elsinore.
“Buster cut the check for this one,” said Jeffries in reference to the fire station. “So this is not one of ours?”
“No sir,” Lake Elsinore Mayor Bob Magee said.
“But I did get to cut the ribbon,” retorted Jeffries.
“And you did a fine job sir,” said Magee.
The former Assemblyman continued with the theme of being “completely irrelevant” in the face of Buster’s previous accomplishments before ending with a promise to keep fighting for the First District.
“By next year’s State of the County, I might still be the new guy – but I won’t be a rookie,” quipped Jeffries.
Watch the light-hearted clip below:
In addition to Lake Elsinore, Jeffries represents the incorporated cities of Wildomar, Canyon Lake and a large swath of the City of Riverside. District 1 also covers the unincorporated communities of Gavilan Hills, Good Hope, Lake Hills, Lake Mathews, Mead Valley, Meadowbrook, Temescal Valley, and Woodcrest.