Yaroslavsky Won't Run for Mayor, Leaving Elected Office After Supe Term

The county supervisor, who has considered running for mayor numerous times, said he would leave elected office when his term ends in 2014.

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.

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.”

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