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Hermosa Beach Councilmember Jeff Duclos during a Manhattan Beach City Council meeting on April 2, 2019. (Daniella Segura, contributing photographer)

Two Hermosa Beach City Council seats are open in the November election, but only one of two incumbents is running.

Justin Massey will run for this second term, but Jeff Duclos decided not to run in November.

Also pulling papers to run in November are Trent Larson, who has run for city council in the past, and first-time candidate Michael Detoy, who was appointed to the Emergency Preparedness Commission in 2017.

Duclos said he felt it “seemed like the appropriate time” not to run.

“It has nothing to do with the role of a councilmember,” Duclos said. “I think this has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. I've always looked at it as the highest level of community service and I still believe that to be true.”

At 74 years old, Duclos said the seats carry a five-year term, which played a role in his decision. The newly elected councilmembers will serve five years to coincide with the state election schedule. A recent state law mandated the change and the Hermosa Beach City Council voted to extend terms by one year rather than to cut terms.

Duclos has lived in the community for 40 years and was first elected to the city council in 2009. He served one term before losing a re-election bid in 2013 by seven votes, “but I'm not counting,” he said. He was elected again in 2015.

So after serving as a councilmember for eight of the last 10 years, he felt “I've been at this for a long time.”

“At this point in my life, can I truly commit five years to do this?” he said.

Duclos said he was surprised only three people are running for two seats. When he first ran for city council in 2005, before he was elected for the first time, there were 11 people running for two seats.

“I don't think it's a lack of interest from people in terms of what's going on in the city... it could be symptomatic of people's view of the level of public service required to fill that role,” Duclos said.

Contact this reporter at mhixon@tbrnews.com or on Twitter @michaeljhixon.com.

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