Local group pushes back against mayoral term limit ballot measure


Residents who were frustrated by the mayoral term limit being added to the November ballot formed a group called Fair Elections Lincoln.

It’s made of up republicans, democrats, and independents.

The group say this ballot measure is aimed at getting Mayor Beutler out of office, not targeting term limits overall.

“This effort to change the rules in the middle of the game to disqualify Mayor Beutler from the ballot only months before the vote is not fair,” said Kate Bolz, a democrat and member of Fair Election Lincoln. 

The mayoral term limit was just recently added to the November ballot.

The measure would restrict a mayor to serving no more than three terms, or twelve years.

Fair Elections Lincoln says they have no problem debating term limits for all politicians, not just the mayor, but it should be a decision made by the people and not by one party seeking political gain.

“Is term limits a legitimate issue for voters to consider, i think it is, but only after a through public discussion on the pros and cons,” said Steven Seglin, a republican and member of Fair Elections Lincoln. 

The group says term limits should be discussed after the mayoral election next year, to be fair to all political parties.

If the measure passes in November it would make Mayor Beutler ineligible for re–election in May.

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