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Congratulations to the Winners of the 2012 Election

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President Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term as the Commander-in-Chief of this great nation, the greatest country on earth for unlimited opportunity for anyone who will work hard, get a good education, and believe in themselves.

The president’s overwhelming win should demonstrate to major party leaders that inclusivity is the winning campaign strategy of the future.

I hope that the Republican Party leadership will get the message and work with our re-elected president to solve the many problems facing our country.

The message was loud and clear. Voters sent more women to the U.S. Senate including returning California Senator, Diane Feinstein back to Washington.

Speaking of sending messages, Gloria Negrete McLeod soundly defeated seven-time incumbent congressman Joe Baca, Sr. in the 35th Congressional District.

I am also proud to say that my wife Cheryl Brown was elected in the 47th Assembly District with over 56% of the votes to win victory over Joe Baca, Jr.

Both races were single party contests and these candidates were successful because of broad base support from Democrats, Republicans, decline to state, business, public safety officers and others which is a new thing for us but beneficial to the taxpayers.

This is going to be great for the Inland region and has earned both McLeod and Brown a new title given by some in the community “the giant slayers.”

Re-districting has allowed Democrats to once again after several decades represent the Riverside area. State Senator-Elect Richard Roth and Assembly Member-Elect Jose Medina both won their bids and will be representing our region in Sacramento.

Educator and Riverside Community College Board member Mark Takano will join McLeod as part of the U.S. House of Representatives freshman class.

Rialto and Riverside will see new mayors with the election of Deborah Robertson, the first African American to be elected mayor of the City of Rialto. In Riverside, Council Member William “Rusty” Bailey will replace longtime mayor Ronald Loveridge.

James Ramos beat incumbent Neil Derry in a hotly contested race for San Bernardino County Supervisor. While longtime Riverside Supervisor Bob Buster seems to have lost to former Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries.

On the educational front, retired Chaffey College President, Gloria Macias Harrison will be the newest member of the San Bernardino Community College District Trustees. Harrison and John Longville were the two top candidates in the contest. New to elected office Dr. Denise Fleming joins veteran Tracey Vackar for Moreno Valley School Board of Trustees.

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