By a 4-1 vote Tuesday, July 24, the supervisors sent to the Nov. 6 ballot a measure that, if passed by voters, would allow supervisors to sit for three four-year terms, rather than the two-term limit now in place.
The three-term limit, the measure states, would be for terms served in a lifetime, not just consecutively.
All four supervisors who voted in favor of the term-limit extension are either serving their second elected term or have won a second term yet to be started.
Without a term-limit extension, Frank “Larry” Rhustaller and Ken Vogel would be termed out in 2014. Carlos Villapudua and Steve Bestolarides would be termed out in 2016, after both secured a second term with a win in the most recent primary election.
Supervisor Leroy Ornellas, who represents Tracy and Mountain House and will be termed out of his seat this fall, cast the lone no vote.
He earlier made a motion to add language stating that none of the present supervisors would be eligible to run for a consecutive third term if voters passed term-limit extensions, according to the board’s clerk. That motion failed for lack of a second.
Even if the vote passed in November, Ornellas would not be eligible to run again this year, he said before Tuesday’s vote, as he did not run in the June 5 primary.
Tracy City Councilman Bob Elliott and Tracy Planning Commissioner Rhodesia Ransom are campaigning for Ornellas’ seat this fall.