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Termed-Out LA County Supervisors Want To Extend Terms Another 8 Years

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Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich (credit: John Heller/Getty Images)

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich (credit: John Heller/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are poised to put a measure on the November ballot that would allow currently termed-out supervisors more years in office.

Supervisor Michael Antonovich, for example, would be termed out in 2016 – after serving 36 years in office. Antonovich proposed the measure.

“With many municipalities in economic crisis, voters deserve the opportunity to choose who they feel is the most-experienced and best-qualified to navigate the county through tough times,” Antonovich said.

A spokesman for Antonovich, who is 72, says he has not decided whether to run for another term on the five-member board.

Supervisors Don Knabe, Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky are also barred from seeking office again, but could be eligible if Antonovich’s proposal becomes law.

The least senior board member is former City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, who was recently elected to his second term.

State senators and Assembly members are limited to 12 years in office. Orange County supervisors are allowed just two consecutive terms, while L.A. City Council members can serve three four-year terms.

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