San Benito Supervisors Approve Term Limits

San Benito County voters could soon decide whether to limit their supervisors to three four-year terms.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution for term limits on June 8. The second reading is June 22. If it receives final approval, the issue would be placed on the ballot.

Proponents believe term limits encourage fresh perspectives and greater diversity. Supervisor Kollin Kosmicki argued unlimited terms can also lead to corruption.

Term limits tend to be popular with voters who loathe the concept of "career politicians." In practice, term limits can result in a revolving door where politicians move on to the next available open office as soon as their term expires.

If San Benito’s ordinance is ultimately approved by voters, the county would join at least eight others with supervisor term limits in California. These include El Dorado, Los Angeles, Orange, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Joaquin, and San Mateo.


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