Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Term Limit Limits

There are some folks who are upset at a kind of end run that a couple of the Council-At-Large candidates are attempting to make regarding terms limits. If I'd been behind them in the vote total and kept from the run-off I'd probably be peeved too. However, as a voter I don't have any problem with this.

The big difference in these council-at-large races is that it's not the same seat. It's not the same constituency. Instead of being neighborhood oriented they're now city oriented. They've got to appeal to a different voting block and make a different set of arguments. Granted, they've got some name recognition and some political chits but I don't think it's always going to be as difficult to run against as it would be in a smaller district race.

If folks who are concerned about institutional experience could agree, we'd have a natural place for those with experience to stay and shepherd the council and keep the bureaucracy from running things. That could be 16 years of experience--that's a career for sure and time to step down.

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