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San Joaquin County voters reject Measure D to extend supervisors’ terms

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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 11:32 pm | Updated: 1:24 pm, Mon Dec 3, 2012.

Voters in San Joaquin County said no Tuesday to Measure D, which would extend the county’s term limits for the Board of Supervisors and the county Board of Education to allow a third four-year term.

Under the current ordinance, members of the county’s Board of Supervisors and Board of Education are limited to two four-year terms.

With all 430 precincts reporting, official results show Measure D received 78,399 votes (41.73 percent) in favor of the measure and 109,477 votes (58.27 percent) against it.

The results were updated at 7:11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.

Election results

Supporters — including current Supervisors Ken Vogel, Steve Bestolarides, Larry Ruhstaller and Carlos Villapudua — say that a third term is needed because it would allow board members to become more familiarized with complex fiscal, law enforcement and water issues in the county.

Opponents say that fresh blood is needed on the two boards after eight years of service, and that incumbents simply want four more years in office.

The measure’s primary opponents are former Assemblyman Dean Andal and current Supervisor Leroy Ornellas. Ornellas will leave the Board of Supervisors due to the current term limits ordinance at the end of this year.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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