Set term lim­its on coun­cil - ren­nick

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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.”

Don Ren­nick

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