Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich is shown at a board meeting in April.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich is shown at a board meeting in April. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times / July 31, 2012)

Los Angeles County supervisors rejected a measure on Tuesday that would have asked voters to extend term limits so that members could serve an additional eight years.

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who has been in office since 1980, introduced a motion last week that would have allowed voters to decide in November whether supervisors could serve five consecutive terms. In 1992, voters approved a measure that limited supervisors to three terms from then on.

Antonovich said that he believes voters have the right to decide who they want to represent them and said the current board, which has four supervisors who soon will be termed out of office, is in the best position to lead the county through tough economic times.

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-- Jason Song, Los Angeles Times