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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 with 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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  1. Or, just ask existing elected official to first resign their current office before campaigning for a different elected position.

  2. Change “ask” to “require” that they resign the current office before running for the next one.

  3. I’m finally realizing President Obama should have waited. Sad, but true. Well, at least we can get away with blaming the shrub a little longer.

  4. Including all of those in Washington D.C.

  5. MalcolmRussell says:

    ‎”Chris Nye announces run for Pierce County Council day after being sworn for first term on UP council…” This is more of the same on what I was talking about… http://blog.thenewstribune.com/politics/2012/01/04/up-council-member-nye-running-for-pierce-county-council/

  6. S_Emerson says:

    Read this to see the importance of the opinion expressed in this LTE – http://universityplace.patch.com/articles/chris-nye-to-run-for-pierce-county-council

  7. MalcolmRussell says:

    In Arizona and Georgia, politicians running for a different office often requires an extra bit of committment and sacrifice. Politicians there are basically required by law to resign from their current elected office in order to run for another one. The rationale is simple: Keep the politicians focused on the job that they were elected to do…. NOTE: In Arizona, legislators do not have to give up their seat to run for another office if they are in the final year of their term.

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