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Raleigh leaders want feedback on their terms

Posted July 17, 2012

— The Raleigh City Council will hold a public hearing next month for feedback on a proposed change that would lengthen the terms for Raleigh's mayor and council members.

The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the City Council Chamber at the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, at 222 W. Hargett St.

Currently, the terms are for two years each, but city leaders are considering whether to extend them to four years.


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  • Fun Jul 18, 2012

    Give them an inch and they will take an arm.

    Correctly handled, terms would be a refferendum on November 2012 ballot for the City of Raleigh voters. Anything less than that should be criminal if it's not. It's about "We The People"

  • unblankenbelievable Jul 17, 2012

    Why don't we have a vote? And while we're at it, we need to vote on term limits for the crooks at the white house ruining, I mean running our country.

  • workingforthosethatwont Jul 17, 2012

    NO!they should only stay 2 yrs max!period. this is the problem in washington and we don't need it to transfer here!

  • lolly Jul 17, 2012

    "the City Manager is the one that needs to have a term limit."

    That is an excellent idea... make the city manager be a position that is voted on.

    Dempsey Benton used to answer his own phone. I could call and complain about the chlorine levels at a public pool, and he would look into it. Sometimes he would tell me I was wrong - sometimes he would say some machine had broken. But he always looked into a citizen query. I don't care what political party you vote for - Dempsey Benton was awesome.

    I'd love to be able to vote on the City Manager.

  • lolly Jul 17, 2012

    They just gave themselves raises and health care benefits, why would they NOT want to stay longer?

    I like the 2 year terms. It gives the citizens more opportunities to throw them out more often.

  • Spock Jul 17, 2012

    What difference does a term make for a government that is typically figurative - the City Manager is the one that needs to have a term limit.

  • rednek Jul 17, 2012

    4 years maybe if they CANNOT serve consecutive terms.

  • Tricky Dick is Not A Crook Jul 17, 2012

    This is a good thing. 4 years is an appropriate term, and 2 year terms are too costly for taxpayers. All for it. I don't care who is in charge, Ds or Rs for city leadership; 4 years is the right thing.