Council candidate Don Rennick said today he wants to see limits for how long a mayor or councillor could consecutively serve.
“Term limits is an idea whose time has come," said Rennick in a release. "I will be promoting the introduction of a rule that would limit the length of time people could hold positions on City Council. In my opinion, this would ensure that candidates with fresh ideas and perspectives are given a better chance to get elected.”
Rennick believes that incumbents currently have the benefit of being in the public eye during the previous four years or much longer. He claims this is a big 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.
"This makes it difficult for newcomers, who may have better ideas, skills and relevant experience, to get elected and this will definitely be a factor in their deciding whether or not to run."
Rennick says, “The length of the term limit could be eight years or 12 years.
"This term limit would apply to continuous service years and would not prevent a person from putting their name forward in any succeeding election. It would also not prevent persons from serving on council for the term limit and then choosing to run for mayor in following elections
“This is a popular initiative with many companies who mandate 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.”