EXCERPT: Ian Kea, Communications and Advocacy Manager for Mass Vote, said his organization would support extending the council term, saying it would ultimately boost voter interest in council elections. Also, councilors could spend more time on their jobs, and less time campaigning. “For too long, and too often, we see public officials campaigning for half their time in office,” he said.
He also said the city should host special elections for vacant at-large council seats so that voters can have a say. And he said candidates should not be able to run for two different offices. “Elected office is a respected privilege, and should be treated as such,” he said.