Riverside County Supervisors Kevin Jeffries and Jeff Stone -- one beginning his first term, the other starting his last, respectively -- took their oaths of office today, each promising to do whatever possible to ensure constituents' expectations are met and the county prospers in the years ahead.
Stone, who represents the third district -- which includes, among other jurisdictions, Temecula and Murrieta -- declared this will be his final four-year term after winning his first election to represent the area in 2004. He handily won reelection to the post after defeating challengers during the 2012 primary election.
He expressed gratitude to constituents for having confidence in him.
"Nothing is more humbling than being chosen by fellow citizens to lead them during these very challenging economic times," he said. "There have been sacrifices and some unflattering events. I especially thank my wife Regina for understanding why I'm late for dinner every night."
The supervisor shared memories of his mother, describing her as the inspiration for his successes, including achieving his "first love" of becoming a pharmacist.
"If you place your trust in God and family, your fellow man, you can accomplish anything you desire," Stone said.
The county -- still young and full of potential -- could be the "greatest in the state of California if we collectively set the bar higher," according to the supervisor.
"I promise to work hard with you to further our goals, never forgetting but always respecting opposing viewpoints," he said.