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Will legislative seats be locked up for a while?

Need a reason to vote on Tuesday? Try this: It could be more than a decade before you get another chance to fill a legislative seat.

All of the local legislative contests in this primary, except for the 10th Assembly District race, are for open seats. Given changes in term limits, which now allow legislators to serve for up to 12 years in one seat, it’s possible that North Coast voters may not see a vacancy in these positions for some time. And while the top-two primary has opened up opportunities for moderate candidates to serve in Sacramento it has yet to prove a viable weapon against the armor of incumbency.

- Paul Gullixson


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