John Marty

Local 2016 races taking shape now

Local 2016 races taking shape now

BY GORDON CLANTON

With the June 2016 California primary about a year away, key local races already are shaping up. Political players are moving into position. Campaigns are being launched and scuttled as political hopefuls get into and out of emerging races. Political gossip swells.

An unanticipated outcome of term limits is a biennial game of musical chairs, in which termed-out office holders wishing to continue careers in politics must constantly search out new offices to pursue — Restless Pol Syndrome (RPS). This turnover results in more and more open seats. And because incumbency is so powerful, open seats usually...

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