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Byrd 1st Black to Win Countywide Election

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Robert Byrd, Riverside’s new County Auditor-elect, is the first Black to win a county-wide seat in a Riverside County general election.

Byrd won the seat with 50.4% of the vote against his challenger Elizabeth Donnelly.
This also marks the first time an African American has won this seat. The highest ranking Black before this election was Frank Johnson, former head of the Registrar of Voters.
Byrd has undeniable credentials. For 16 years he has been the assistant to the current Auditor. He was widely supported by Supervisors Tom Mullen and John Tavaglione as well as many community leaders.
Under this office Byrd will be responsible for keeping the County’s books ($2.76 Billion) and for paying the salaries of the County’s 17,000 employees.
He is an active member of the Kansas Ave. Seventh Day Adventist Church.
"This is a good thing. It is a great day in Riverside. The County benefits when they have someone with experience, he will continue to be on asset to the county," said the President of the Inland Empire Ministerial Alliance, Rev. Shermella Egson.

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