When it comes to term limits, Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach says the third term is a charm.
“It takes time to build networks and have good relationships in Sacramento and D.C. You lose that when someone walks out the door after eight years,” said Moorlach, a Republican whose district includes Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach and part of Fountain Valley.
Unfortunately for Moorlach, Orange County restricts its supervisors to two terms. However, he’s not ready to throw in the towel.
Moorlach, whose second term runs out in 2014, has begun pushing for a three-term limit, similar to Los Angeles County. Without it, he argued in a recent newsletter, Orange County is “at a disadvantage relative to other counties.”
Beyond that, Moorlach feels more time would help him accomplish such goals as reforming employee pensions, completing infrastructure projects within budget, and managing countywide redevelopment changes.
Having someone with experience is a plus, he said. “What is there to be cautious about? Would the community feel cautious when it comes time to train a new supervisor?”