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ELECTIONS: How about a candidate waiting period?

Letter by Malcolm M. Russell, Lakewood on Dec. 29, 2011 at 9:49 am | 7 Comments »
December 29, 2011 9:57 am

Our elected officials irritatingly bounce from one elected office to the next. With a new congressional district centered in the South Sound, it seems unavoidable that our county will see two seated members of the Pierce County Council running full-time congressional campaigns against each other while also trying to perform their shared responsibility on the council (TNT, 12-29).

This trend of office hopping and campaigning while in office has become a career staple of our elected politicians.

What stands out is that our elected officials are paid, and often paid very well. It begs the question: If elected officials are operating full-time congressional campaigns or campaigns for other county offices while in office, how much time and energy does that leave them for really doing county business?

Perhaps it’s time to consider an elected-official waiting period where elected officials must honor their commitments and either resign from office or serve out their elected terms before running for a different office.

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