Proposition B, SD County Term Limits for Board of Supervisors Leads In Early Returns
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
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SAN DIEGO Early election results tonight showed San Diegans still like the idea of term limits, giving wide support to a ballot measure that would keep county supervisors to two terms.
Proposition B took a commanding lead with more than 72 percent voting "yes'' and 28 percent "no'' after a count of absentee ballots.
The makeup of the Board of Supervisors has been unchanged since 1995 and several have run for re-election unopposed in the past. The last time an incumbent faced a November runoff for re-election was 12 years ago -- a mark that could change tonight.
Proponents of the proposition, mostly from public employee unions,v called the supervisors out of touch with the voters after having been together so long.
Opponents said that term limits not only hasn't worked to reign in power in the state legislature, where it was first instituted, but has contributed to make things worse in a dysfunctional state government.
The limits will not be applied retroactively to the current supervisors, all of whom will be allowed to serve an additional two terms at the voters' discretion.