Hal Smalley trying to retain his elected office
6/4/13 How many times do the citizens of this borough have to say this ? WE WANT TERM LIMITS ! The Voters have Spoken numerous times over & over again & again.
The Majority of the Voters have Voted FOR Term Limits.
When the VOTERS have expressed their approval of term limits numerous times, WHY does the Assembly continue to reject their wishes?
The Governor is subject to term limits and so is the Mayor. WHY do Assembly members feel they should be allowed unlimited terms?
When it looked like one of 'theirs' was going to be prevented from running again due to TERM LIMITS, they just changed the meaning of the words 'term limits' so that person could run again. I think that was an insult to voters who worked hard to get that initiative on the ballot AND to the voters who passed it.
I would hope that all voters who wanted term limits on Assembly members would refuse to vote for ANY INCUMBENT, and send a clear message to that group, that we want them to stop treating that office as a life-time occupation.
After 2 terms, Assembly members should move on and allow some new members with new ideas, to serve.
Some argue that we can enforce term limits at the ballot box, but the sad truth is, the incumbent has a powerful advantage over a new contender .
Instead of fighting term limits, those who would be affected should consider running for a higher office. If they did a good job in the Assembly, they should easily be elected and could continue to serve in a more powerful position.
If Assembly members get their way, and have no limit on how many terms they can stay, the people should not complain about ANY of their decisions.
At the very least, this proposal should have an amendment that any change would not pertain to ANY CURRENT ASSEMBLY MEMBER. Those voting to change it, should not benefit from it.
NOW is the time to make your voice heard. Tell your Assembly member that you do not want the current term limit to be overturned, and that two terms is enough.
Why did the Peninsula Clarion censor its own (hard copy) article on Hal Smalley's term limits ordinance, by refusing to post it online, so that Kenai Peninsula residents could comment on the ordinance and Hal Smalley's reasons for sponsoring it?
I am sorely disappointed in any assembly member, who is elected by the voters, trying to say that the will of the people isn't really the way of the vote. Shame on you! That is some kind of approach to be expected of an elected federal or state official. But on the local level? How do you face your constituents?
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