Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said Thursday that he would not run for mayor of Los Angeles in next year’s election.
Instead, the 63-year-old said, he would leave public service at the end of his current term, in late 2014.
Yaroslavsky announced his intentions in a post Thursday on his website.
“It's time for a new generation of leaders to emerge and guide this region into the future,” Yaroslavsky wrote.
Yaroslavsky, who was elected to the City Council in 1975 as a 26-year-old, has considered running for mayor numerous times.
He served on the City Council for nearly 20 years before his 1994 switch to the county board, where he has been re-elected four times.
During his time on the board, Yaroslavsky has been active in a variety of policy areas, including transportation, health care, fiscal issues and the arts.
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He said Thursday he would serve the rest of his term on the board of supervisors – about 27 months – before moving on to “other things I’ve longed to do outside the political arena.”