Term limits

Term limits are like the weather. Voters talk about them but don’t do anything. They return the same people to office time and time again. Then they’re surprised when something goes wrong.

In 2018, I lost a bid for state representative to a legislator who then resigned after being indicted on two counts, one a felony. If that person had been term limited, we may not have seen that dark side. But voters returned him to office, term after term, until finally they did.

We ought to change the rules and eliminate the risk. Limit legislators to a reasonable length of service so they won’t camp out beyond their “use-by” date and start treating their office as if it’s their backyard. Let’s make sure our legislature gets a regular infusion of fresh blood and new ideas. Term limits do just that.