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Do You Support Four-Year Terms for Mayor, City Council?

The City Council's Ordinances, Charter & Rules Committee is exploring the idea, which would need to go to voters.

The City Council's Ordinances, Charter & Rules Committee is discussing whether to back a ballot question that would change the mayor and council’s two-year terms to four-year terms.

The ballot question would require 5% of Woburn registered voters supporting the change, which would be changed in the City Charter, reported the Daily Times Chronicle.

Many other cities, including Malden and Melrose, have changed their charters to extend terms for mayor from two to four years over the past decade.

Alderman at-large Michael Concannon said the council should also discuss term limits because elected officials “become too comfortable or amass too much power if they're (in an elected office) for too long."

Read the full Daily Times Chronicle article as well as pros and cons for moving to a four-year cycle here.

What do you think? Do you support expanding the mayor and City Council terms to four years? What do you think of the idea of term limits for elected officials in Woburn?

GMan Extreme March 15, 2014 at 08:12 PM
Doesn't cost anything. :)
Ellie March 16, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Hey. Gman happy st paddys day to all who post.
dan March 16, 2014 at 06:40 PM
March 17, is Evacuation Day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evacuation_Day_(Massachusetts)
lisa March 17, 2014 at 08:30 AM
so full disability for a Police Officer shot protecting the people of Woburn was going to raise our taxes,break the city budget and be fiscally irresponsible but a 1.3 million dollar water park and up to 50,000 in raises for the Mayors salary are good, well at least we have our priorities straight LOL, this demonstrates why a 4 year Mayor can do a lot of damage !!
Mike Provo Sr. March 17, 2014 at 09:04 AM
I think four years is better than two. We could compromise and go with a three year term. I would also vote to increase the salary for mayor. A longer term and more money both would help draw higher quality candidates for any city. It's an important job.

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