Grand Rapids November ballot question would cap terms of Mayor, Commissioners
August 14, 2014 | WGVU
Rapids voters will face a term limitation question on the November ballot,
covering the mayor and city commission.
Baker and Bonnie Burke are the driving force behind the movement to cap mayor
and commission terms at eight years. Baker twice ran unsuccessfully for a
commission seat. I asked Burke had Baker been elected, would she still be
fighting for term limitations?
don’t know what I would be doing if Rina had been elected.I don’t think the issue here is that Rina
even wants to run.I think that Rina
sees some of the way government works and wants to help change the process.”
Moiles is a Grand Valley State University political science professor and an
authority on elections. On one hand, he says, term limitations do bring new
ideas, fresh views and new ways of problem solving.
On the other hand he counters, “One thing you
do gain over time is that experience and that knowledge about how to get things
done and what the system is capable of doing.When you limit how long somebody can be there and you’re forcing them
out of that seat most of that knowledge goes with them.”
and top elected officials are term limited, while Congress is not.
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