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Term Limits: High-Performing Government

"As City Councilwoman, I will support policy to add staggered term limits to City Council positions for the purpose of combating the compliance and power pull of career politicians."

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Term limits have long been debated in the political arena. The City of Chattanooga Mayor can serve a maximum of two (2) consecutive four (4) year terms, however, those same guidelines don’t apply to City Council.


So why doesn’t the City Council have term limits? Why would someone want to serve on Chattanooga City Council for more than 8 years?


When serving in any public position, it is critical that there are limitations placed on how long a person can be in office. When public officials are in office for too long, stagnation can be mistaken for sustainability and complacency for progress. Being a career politician should not be the goal of a City Council member, but rather reflecting the voices of the community in policy.


As City Councilwoman, I will support policy to add staggered term limits to City Council positions for the purpose of combating the compliance and power pull of career politicians.


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