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Antonovich moves to have term-limits law overturned by voters

July 23, 2012 | 11:39 am

Los Angeles County supervisor Mike Antonovich listens as assessor John Noguez speak before the county supervisors in April. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who has been in office since 1980 and cannot seek another term under current law, wants to have voters consider overturning the measure that limits supervisors to three terms.

Antonovich’s motion is scheduled to be heard by the supervisors on Tuesday. If they agree to put it on the November ballot and it is approved by county voters, Antonovich could serve another two terms past his current one, which ends in 2016.

In 2002, 64% of voters approved a measure that limited supervisors to three consecutive terms.

Antonovich, 72, easily won reelection earlier this year and is one of four supervisors who are currently barred from seeking office again. If the measure passes, Gloria Molina, Don Knabe and Zev Yaroslavsky also could run for office again. All have served at least 15 years.

Antonovich said he believes the current board is in the best position to steer the county through harsh economic times.

“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,” he said in a statement.


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Photo: Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich is shown at a board meeting in April. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times