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Albuquerque term limits questioned

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By The Staff

One of the greatest frauds in recent history is the story we have been sold on term limits.We are told they are good for us, will clean up politics and government. We are told it will be good for democracy.Nothing is further from the truth. And this ignores the fact that we have always had limits on how long someone can serve – it is called an election.All term limits do is take good people, who have gained experience, knowledge and an understanding of the process and force them out.For what reason? Turnover simply for the sake of turnover seems silly. Does it not?Recently, this item once again came to light as Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez reported that a state district judge has ruled that he can run for a third consecutive term despite a two-term limit spelled out by the city charter.The Associated Press reported that attorneys for Chavez had asked the court in January to issue a ruling on whether mayoral term limits outlined in the charter were constitutional.The court ruled in Chavez’s favor, saying the term limits were unconstitutional.Chavez is in the middle of his third term as mayor, but it’s only his second served consecutively.


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