TERM LIMITS FOR SUPERVISORS INITIATIVE QUALIFIES FOR JUNE 2010 BALLOT
SAN DIEGO -- (December 16, 2009) – The Campaign to reform San Diego County government announced today it has passed the next crucial milestone for appearing on the June 2010 ballot when the San Diego County Registrar of Voters qualified the signatures this week.
Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler found that the measure qualified for the ballot after her office projected the campaign to have submitted 118 percent of the required 77,837 signatures needed to appear on the June ballot.
The ballot measure would limit the County Board of Supervisors to serving no more then two-terms.
Every member of the current Board of Supervisors has served at least 14 years on the Board. The last time incumbents lost their re-election was in 1984, now more then 25 years ago. A press release issued by the initiative's backers attribute Supervisors' longevity in office to "a yearly $10 million in unrestricted slush funds that Supervisors have doled out as political favors, campaign accounts in the hundreds of thousands of dollars from previous uncontested races and supervisorial districts that the Supervisors get to draw themselves."
If approved, the measure will not immediately put any current Supervisors out of office, as each would be permitted to serve an additional eight years. Backers say the measure isn't intended to provide retribution against any specific supervisor, but is instead about good government. Opponents contend that term limits can force out good legislators and that voters should be free to reelect officials who they support.