Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - During his swan song interview on Action Line, outgoing Juneau Assembly member Loren Jones was asked for his thoughts on term limits.
Jones was unable to seek reelection since he was termed limiter after three terms accounting for nine years. "I have always been opposed to term limits. If we were to vote on it today I would oppose it. Personally, after nine years there's a lot of me that's really glad I didn't have to make that choice. That choice was made for me. But I still think term limits are up to the voters, not to an ordinance, or in this case, the charter. It is what it is and I did my nine years and I will go gracefully."
Even those he opposes term limits, Jones said he understands the public's viewpoint that there needs to be change. Jones saw his share of changes during his nine years on the Assembly. He said he served with 24 members and five mayors. "So change does happen without term limits."
It was pointed out by program host Pete Carran that he could sit out one year and run again. "I would never rule it out," Jones responded." He added he would never say never, but pointed out that he's now 75 years old and 76 next year.
Jones will conclude his service during the Assembly meeting of October 25.