Connie Ladenburg thinks term limits should be wiped out of City Hall, but, judging by yesterday’s appointments committee meeting – where they decided which citizens would write the “for” and “against” voter guide statements for Ladenburg’s proposed amendment – there may not be much support.
Thirteen people signed up to write the anti-abolishment-of-term-limits piece. Names on the list include those well-known to city government, including Tom Stenger, Marty Campbell, Charles “Kelly” Creso and Catherine Ushka-Hall.
Just one person signed up to write in support of Ladenburg’s proposition: Randy Harrison. (Jesse/Robert/”The Traveller” Hill also submitted his name, but was told he didn’t make the cut-off.)
Harrison will write the pro statement, while Stenger, Campbell and Ushka-Hall will write statements against the amendment. Jaime Smith, an officer with the Women’s Political Caucus, is first alternate.
The meeting was unusual: “We’ve never had 13 names. The most is three or maybe two,” Mayor Bill Baarsma told the group. They’ve also never had just one name sign up in support of a bill. Baarsma said he credited it to “the way in which this came about.”
Translation: Since Ladenburg dropped the amendment on the council – instead of the idea filtering through the charter review process – it’s not an idea that’s had time to get much traction.