A little-discussed Metro charter amendment will be on Davidson County ballots
this Nov. 4. If passed, the amendment will make more than half of a term served in Metro elected office count as a full term for term limit purposes.
In other words, if a Metro council member croaked 23 months into her four-year term, and you filled in for her, your service would count as a full term in office—meaning that you would then get only another full term in office before being term-limited out. The change would affect five sitting council members.
I like this idea for the office of mayor and vice-mayor, but not for the district or at-large council seats. The reason: It may deter the best potential council members from stepping into the breach when a seat becomes open mid-term. Think about it: You really want to serve on the council. You know it’s going to take a lot of time and money no matter what. So—are you going to cheat yourself out of a full term by filling in a prematurely vacant seat?
I think not.
Full text of the amendment after the jump.
This amendment would provide that no person elected and qualified to the office of mayor, vice-mayor, district councilman, or councilman-at-large would be eligible for the succeeding term if such person has served more than one-half of a four (4) year term and a consecutive complete four (4) year term, and would clarify that the of¬fices of district councilman and councilman-at-large are two separate offices for purposes of the term limitations.