Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said Thursday he will not run for L.A. mayor, ending speculation that he’d join the 2013 race to replace termed-out Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Instead, Yaroslavsky will finish out his final two years on the board, where he’s served since 1994, and then leave elective politics. In a message posted on his website, Yaroslavsky said he’s served long enough as an elected official.
“By the end of my current term on the Board of Supervisors in December, 2014, I will have served the people of the city and county of Los Angeles for nearly 40 eventful, productive and fulfilling years. Beginning as a 26 year-old councilman, I have quite literally come of age in public life at the forefront of Los Angeles’ most critical issues. While I have never been a supporter of term limits, I do believe that four decades is long enough for any citizen to hold elective office, especially in an executive capacity.”
He goes on to say that “it’s time for a new generation of leaders to emerge and guide this region into the future.”
So far, L.A. Councilman Eric Garcetti, L.A. Councilwoman Jan Perry, City Controller Wendy Greuel and radio host Kevin James have said they will run for mayor.
Here’s Warren’s interview with Zev Yaroslavsky: