Term limit idea dies for lack of support

2012-10-03T18:30:00Z 2012-10-03T19:44:40Z Term limit idea dies for lack of supportBy Joyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | There won't be any term limits for elected city officials.

A motion by City Councilman John Cannon, R-4th, Tuesday night died for lack of a second and without any discussion.

Cannon, a first-term councilman, had called for the council to adopt an ordinance allowing elected officials to serve only two terms, or eight consecutive years in the same office.

The suggestion was met with opposition by fellow council members.

"It is typical of people of the other party," Cannon said of the lack of a vote Tuesday night, blaming Democrats on the council for not supporting the measure.

Democrats hold a 5-2 majority on the City Council. District 3 Councilman Ted Uzelac Jr., a Republican, did not publicly support Cannon's bid to limit terms for elected officials. District 2 Councilman Pat Clem, a Democrat, was absent.

"I don't think anybody had the guts to do what's right for citizens," said Cannon, adding polls indicate that voters want term limits placed on office holders.

City Council President Sue Lynch, a Democrat, denied Cannon's allegations.

"Politics had nothing to do with it. If a Democrat would have proposed term limits, I wouldn't have supported it," said Lynch.

"The people in Portage themselves are term limits by being able to vote people out of office," she said, pointing to last year's municipal elections in which three incumbent council members lost their seats in either the primary or general elections.

Lynch said while she sees the need for term limits at the federal level, she doesn't believe they are necessary at the local level.

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