Set term limits on council - rennick
Members of municipal councils should be subject to term limits, according to a candidate for North bay council in the Oct. 22 election.
In a news release issued
Wednesday, don rennick said term limits “is an idea whose time has come.”
If elected, rennick said he will promote the introduction of a rule that would limit the length of time councillors could serve, either eight or 12 years, or two to three consecutive terms.
“This term limit would apply to continuous service years and would not prevent a person from putting their name forward in any succeeding election,” rennick said.
“It would also not prevent persons from serving on council for the term limit and then choosing to run for mayor in following elections.”
rennick says incumbents “currently have the benefit of being in the public eye during the previous four years or much longer,” giving them an advantage “since many voters who are already busy working and supporting families do not have the time to do any in-depth research and tend to vote for persons whose names they recognize regardless of that person’s accomplishments or lack thereof.”
Newcomers who may have “better ideas, skills and relevant experience” are at a disadvantage, he said, “and this will definitely be a factor in their deciding whether or not to run.”
Term limits, he said, would “ease the path for new people to bring new concepts and fresh ideas to council.”
he said many companies set term limits for directors “and I believe it would also be beneficial to our citizens. If elected, I will be active in promoting this idea to other council members.”