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2018 municipal elections
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Melissa Durrell announced today she won't seek reelection for the Uptown Waterloo ward. 

LinkedIn announcement

I wish more politicians would get out after 2 terms. :-)
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(05-01-2018, 08:59 AM)kwliving Wrote: Melissa Durrell announced today she won't seek reelection for the Uptown Waterloo ward. 

LinkedIn announcement

I wish more politicians would get out after 2 terms. :-)

Term limits sound good in principle. The unintended side effect, especially at municipal level, is that staff don't have term limits and can consolidate their power so that politicians end up having little say. So I'm not in favour of mandatory term limits.
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#3
Dave Jaworsky also announced he is running again.
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Plus term limits are pretty undemocratic. If someone is doing a good job, and the people want him/her to continue in the role, then I think that's how it should be.
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(05-01-2018, 01:16 PM)Elmira Guy Wrote: Plus term limits are pretty undemocratic. If someone is doing a good job, and the people want him/her to continue in the role, then I think that's how it should be.

A better idea is a ranked ballot (or similar solution). This allows getting rid of somebody unpopular while not arbitrarily ruling out certain choices from the beginning.

I would also make getting on the ballot require significant organization so that only candidates who have at least a snowballs’ chance of being elected can be on the ballot. An example possibility might be that getting on the ballot requires the signature of 1% of the eligible electorate. Anybody who can’t pull that off is not going to win the election and doesn’t belong on the ballot: the purpose of the ballot is to choose a leader, not to provide a platform.
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In one way, term limits are undemocratic, but one must admit that the system as it stands (and voter apathy) heavily favours the incumbent.
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(05-01-2018, 03:09 PM)timc Wrote: In one way, term limits are undemocratic, but one must admit that the system as it stands (and voter apathy) heavily favours the incumbent.

Right. It's less of a problem at the municipal/regional level, and not so bad in Canada overall. But look at US Senate, for example, and see how difficult it is to overcome the incumbent advantage. This is why most democratic countries with presidential systems have term limits for the president set in the constitution.
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