Term Limits Tango
One of the primary reasons for adopting term limits is to get fresh faces into government. However, as the San Francisco Chronicle reported recently, it ...
One of the primary reasons for adopting term limits is to get fresh faces into government. However, as the San Francisco Chronicle reported recently, it isn't quite working that way in California.
Largely because of term limits, only one of the eight statewide officeholders elected in 2002 will be running for another term at their position this year. So far, so good.
But most of the others aren't going into quiet retirement.
Cruz Bustamante, the lieutenant governor, is planning a campaign for insurance commissioner, while the current insurance commissioner, John Garamendi, is running for lieutenant governor. Attorney General Bill Lockyer is a candidate for state treasurer, since the incumbent treasurer, Phil Angelides, is running for governor. State Controller Steve Westly is a candidate for governor too.
At least one of the statewide offices won't be won by a current statewide officeholder, however. Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown is a top candidate to be the next attorney general. He's just a former two-term governor.
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