Editor’s note: After the Riverside County Registrar of Voters certified the final count of ballots in the Nov. 6 election, the Town Crier spoke with state Sen. Jeff Stone, who was reelected to his second term in Sacramento.

“It was a pretty challenging election. And I take all my races seriously,” Stone said.

He noted that his opponent, Democrat Joy Silver, had outspent him during the campaign. “But it is not always who raises the most money who wins,” he said.

“My fundraising ability is much greater, but I don’t like to be beholding to special interests,” he explained. “I like to be independent rather than have stakeholders.”

He complimented Silver and added that when someone does enter a political contest they will find it a lot different that they expected.

“It’s a very difficult task to try to please everyone. But you do the best that you can to help people,” he added.

Stone is excited about the new legislative session, although he recognizes that as a Republican in a Legislature where Democrats have a two-thirds majority in both the Senate and Assembly, it will be difficult.

He does hope to become a member of the Senate’s Health Committee and to stay on the Public Safety Committee.

If he gains membership to the Health Committee, he plans to work on issues such as accessibility to doctor care, preexisting conditions and emergency room access.