Charter Amendment Would Limit Terms

January 05, 1992|By John A. Morris | John A. Morris,Staff writer

Preaching the evils of "career politicians," County Council ChairmanDavid Boschert says he wants to limit the number of 4-year terms council members may serve.

Boschert, D-Crownsville, and Councilwoman Maureen Lamb, D-Annapolis, said they will introduce an amendment to the County Charter tomorrow night that would limit council members to three terms.

"Our job is to serve the public, not make a career in any one political office," Boschert said, explaining his proposal. "If you can'tmake a positive effect in 12 years, then you should get out."

Lamb said, "The primary problem is you become part of the system if you stay too long. And if you are part of the system, you can't buck the system."

A county-appointed Charter Revision Commission recommended against a similar proposal pushed by Boschert and Lamb last year. Robert Agee, commission chairman, could not be reached.

Boschert said he wants the county's residents to decide. If five of the seven council members approve, the amendment will be placed on November's ballot.

As the Maryland General Assembly prepares to convene Wednesday, Boschert also said he "wants to send a message" encouraging legislators to propose a similar referendum statewide.

The term limit would go into effect Jan. 1, 1994. Boschert, serving his second term, said the limit would not be retroactive.

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