I am Justine Quinones, CPA, and I ran for the office of Auditor for the County of Riverside.
I learned a lot during the six months that I ran my campaign. I learned that the people of Riverside County are concerned about their community, aware of the anomalies around them, and eager to express themselves to their elected officials even if they are shy about attending council and board meetings. Going door-to-door through out the larger cities and attending various club and organization meetings gave me the opportunity to listen to the differences, and the similarities, within the cultural, ethnic, and economic groups that are Riverside County. I know that I have a particular skill set that can be useful within government and, after some rest, I may go ahead and campaign for another “job” in government. I will stay involved and I would very much like to develop some of those networks we talked about during the campaign effort.
I know these are tough financial times but it is only by working together and striving for good communication and effectiveness and efficiency that we can be better for the harder times. I want to expand the leadership of the Auditor by establishing working policies and procedures that make government operations more effective as well as efficient.
I planned a campaign based on the attributes I believe most important to an Auditor — Clarity, Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability, and Responsibility. We ran a Great Race but it doesn’t stop here. Now we have to stay open to change and alert to opportunities to voice our concerns. Stay involved. If your vote is the greatest form of democratic freedom not using it leaves us all exposed to autocratic domination.
DON’T FORGET TO VOTE.
Justine K. Quinones