Municipal election primer: does your elected official know when to move on?

How many terms have each of your elected officials served?

Unfortunately, elected officials rarely know when its time to move on.  Democracy is best served and protected when an elected office is renewed through new people.

How do we know this?

  1.  Mr. Ben Franklin said:  “In free governments, the rulers are the servants, and the people their superiors . . . . For the former to return among the latter does not degrade, but promote them.”
  2. Mr. Einer Elhauge’s report for the Cato Institute showed that “term limits lessen the influence of seniority. His research demonstrated that long-term lawmakers from both major parties vote for more bureaucracy than do lawmakers who have been in office for shorter times. Term limits lessen the ability of lawmakers to develop cozy deals with either bureaucracies or special interests that seek to get something from government at everyone else’s expense.”1

Until term limits are fully mandated, it’s up to you, the electorate, to act as arbiter of democracy by supporting new people who run for office.

Let’s remember that an elected seat is not the property of the holder.

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  1. https://fee.org/articles/why-term-limits/

 

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