By Mark Kisselburg
Riverside County Staff Development Officer
As a resident and long-time employee of Riverside County, I have directly seen the impact that our choices at the ballot box have on our working conditions and our quality of life. And that is why I am supporting Mike Soubirous for the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in District 1.
While walking door-to-door each Saturday, I have been spreading Mike’s vision of greater transparency in county government, term limits for supervisors, more accountability and more responsiveness to the public. I am often asked what party Mike is affiliated with, and I tell people that the office of County Supervisor is nonpartisan, but to answer their question, he is a Republican. I further explain that I am a Democrat supporting him and those walking with me, like my co-workers, are of various political persuasions. But we are all convinced that Mike Soubirous is a principled leader who will bring about much needed change on the Board of Supervisors.
It sometimes seems strange to say that I am a Democrat supporting a Republican running against the Democrat currently in office. But that incumbent is Bob Buster, a career politician who appears to believe the position is his for life. Bob Buster has a long history on the Board of not being responsive to residents and county workers. He is also belligerent and disrespectful toward those who attempt to speak up at board meetings.
During our recent contract negotiations, he gave no credence to our member’s struggles. Instead, he used divisive language, disrespected workers who were telling of their hardships and dismissed those stories as being “trumped up.” This is not the leadership we need nor deserve.
I may not always agree with Mike Soubirous on every issue. But I am convinced that, when in office, he will be trustworthy, aboveboard and will listen to his constituents, treating everyone with respect.
The hard-working families of Riverside County need a change in leadership and a new direction to help turn our community around in these difficult economic times. Mike Soubirous is the right man for the job, and that’s why I’m encouraging my co-workers and like-minded residents to support Mike Soubirous with their votes.
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