State Senate Candidates’ Night – Part 8 – Term Limits

Continuing coverage of the League of Women Voters Candidates’ Night for those seeking State Senate seats looking at answers to the question of Term Limits.

And the candidates had a minute to answer the question

My notes are below:

32nd District

Craig Wilcox

  • Mary Mahady

    Republican Craig Wilcox – told of supporting Term Limits on the County Board.  He favored making them apply immediately and pointed out that the County Board members did not.

  • Democrat Mary Mahady – opposes Term Limits, saying the voters can impose them at elections.  She said she did “believe there should be limits on the leadership positions.”

33rd District

Don DeWitte

  • Nancy Zettler

    Republican Don DeWitte – favors Term Limits “up and down” the ballot, including legislative leaders

  • Democrat Nancy Zettler – favors Term Limits for leadership, including the Governor, but not for rank and file legislators, because it takes time to figure out how to represent one’s district.

26th District

Don McConchie

Tom Georges

  • Republican Dan McConchie – “Every state that has passed Term Limits [by statute] has actually repealed them.” The reason:  they “give power to lobbyists and staff members.”  He pointed to Mike Madigan as having been a leader longer than he had been alive and favors Term Limits for Leaders.
  • Democrat Tom Georges – should be leadership Term Limits, ten years.  He mentioned that is already the case in the State Senate [by Rule, not statute].  He does not favor Term Limits for ordinary legislators.


State Senate Candidates’ Night – Part 8 – Term Limits — 3 Comments

  1. I hear the University of Phoenix has a program that would get Zettler up to speed and she wouldn’t even have to leave her house.

  2. Of course the ‘Shady Lady’ Mahady doesn’t want term limits.

    She dreams of feeding at the public trough for the rest of her useless life!

    Zettler’s a hypocrite too.

    “Term limits for thee but not for me. I, Zettler, am a special case!”

  3. Once again…

    We have term limits.

    They’re called elections.

    For State Reps the terms are limited to 2 years. For State Senators the terms are limited to 4 years (and sometimes 2).

    And then voters get to decide whether or not they want to give him or her another term.

    I appreciate McConchie’s honesty in his opposition to term limits.

    Despite the “good politics” of supporting them, they’re bad policy and they just shift the power to staff and lobbyists even more than we have now.

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