They will come out of the woodwork and try to run

first_img “They will come out of the woodwork and try to run, and I think that is a good thing,” she said. “A two-year term is not going to stop people from being here for 30 years.” Voters wait on a chilly morning at Columbus Housing on Commercial Street (Photo by Matt Conti) Garrison said she was against the measure. The council ultimately decided to withdraw the proposal from the agenda. Wu also said a two-year term makes councilors more accountable and makes sure they get legislation done in a timely manner.  The council voted in favor of the new term limits 11-2. Councilors Josh Zakim and Michelle Wu voted against it. The Boston City Council voted in favor of extending councilor term limits from two to four years.  Zakim agreed with Wu and said there should be more discussion on the issue. He also said the council should consider having elections on even years only.  Council President Andrea Campbell, a sponsor of the bill, said two-year cycles are ineffective. They also cost the taxpayers more money. It is estimated that it will save the City $1.6 million dollars.*Advertisement* The bill must be approved by the state to become law. In 2016, the council tried extending term limits to four years, but the state never acted on the proposed change. center_img Councilor Lydia Edwards believes a four-year term will not stop people from running for office.  However, not everyone agreed.  Voting lines wind around the block all the way to Richmond Street at Columbus Housing polling site (Photo by Matt Conti) Wu and Zakim’s advice fell on deaf ears, the rest of their colleagues believe four-year terms would actually make the council stronger.  Campell also presented another ordinance requesting a mandated special election for vacant council seats. Currently, if a councilor leaves their office during their during term, the next candidate who received the most votes gains the office. This is how Councilor Althea Garrison became councilor earlier in the year after Ayanna Pressley joined the U.S. Congress. The council also voted in favor of a home rule petition allowing early voting in municipal elections.  “We are cutting the number of chances people can run for office,” said Wu. last_img

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