SANTA ANA — Supporters of Proposition 140, which would limit terms of state officeholders, launched a "citizens campaign" Tuesday in Orange County to persuade voters to approve the measure.
Flanked by a handful of backers, including Assemblyman Curt Pringle (R-Garden Grove), proposition treasurer Lewis K. Uhler said at a news conference that "career politicians" will fight the measure to keep their office.
"Most incumbents do not support it," Uhler said. "But what we need are new faces in the state."
Uhler said he expects opponents of the proposal to wage an expensive ad campaign. By contrast, the campaign for Proposition 140 will consist of a grass-roots effort that relies heavily on neighborhood walks and local meetings to spread the word.
Uhler led supporters in signing a pink placard that read, "Official Prop. 140 Pink Slip to Elected California State Officials."
The measure, which is touted by supporters as "The Political Reform Act of 1990," would limit the terms of state senators and statewide officeholders to eight years in office. Assemblymen would be restricted to six years.