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PA Council against shorter term limits

July 17th, 2014 - 6:08am

(Port Angeles) – By a split vote, the Port Angeles City Council decided against shortening term limits for future council members Tuesday night.

The 4 to 3 vote saw Dan Gase, Lee Whetham, Patrick Downie and Mayor Dan DiGuilio, dismiss a proposed ordinance that would have required council members to step down after serving two consecutive 4-year terms.

The existing limit is three 4-year terms.

Council members Cheri Kidd, Sissi Bruch and Brad Collins voted against the motion to shelve the idea, with Collins and Bruch saying incumbents have an inherent advantage because of their name recognition.

According to Bruch, a shorter term limit “stirs the pot”.

Dan Gase said the citizens of Port ngeles have a history of voting out incumbents.

Gase added “I think this is a solution to a problem that really doesn't exist.

Mayor DiGuilio said serving on the city council is not a career path for anyone.

The Mayor says it's not like a congressional job or something like that ”the small stipend that we get is not something a person can live on.”

Monthly pay is 550 dollars for council members, 650 dollars for the Deputy Mayor and 600 dollars for the mayor. DiGuilio says “we're here because we want to serve our communities.”

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