Philadelphia, PA – February 21, 2019 -Today, City Councilmember Allan Domb (At Large) introduced a resolution to amend the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter by providing a limitation of Councilmembers’ terms in office to no more than three terms starting January 2020.
In order to amend the charter, this resolution would require voter approval. As such, the Councilmember requests that the measure be placed on the ballot as a referendum in the upcoming primary election.
“The reasons behind this charter change are simple: eight out of the ten largest cities in the country impose term limits, they allow for fresh ideas and increase diversity in City Council candidates – creating a more engaging democratic process for voters and candidates,” said Councilmember Domb. “Term limits move officials to make bold policy decisions and to hold leaders accountable.”
There are several forward-thinking cities such as New York, Houston, and Los Angeles that already have term limits. It is time for Philadelphia to follow suit and allow its citizens to have more control of their government.
“Furthermore, we know term limits are effective; just look at officials in our higher state offices, said Domb. “Our Attorney General, Auditor General and Governor have been widely successful with their agendas – and they only have two terms to make an impact. It is time to allow votes to amend Philadelphia’s Home Rule Charter.”
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