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Elected officials should be allowed only so much fun

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By Kirsten Laskey

Serving a maximum of eight years as an elected official is enough fun, Los Alamos County Councilors agreed during their regular meeting Tuesday night. When asked to consider joining the New Mexico Association of Counties’ (NMAC) support of Amendment 2 to the state Constitution, the councilors agreed to take no action.
Currently, county elected officials are restricted to serving two consecutive four-year terms. If the voters approve the resolution during this year’s election then the amendment would allow county officials to serve a third term.
NMAC also plans to release a brochure to inform voters about the amendment. The brochure will have both pro and con arguments.  
County Councilor Sharon Stover said the primary reason behind the amendment is to help out smaller counties that have trouble with finding people to run for office.
Councilor Ralph Phelps said he did not support the amendment because it seemed to be a lobbying resolution. Typically, he said, the council is asked to approve a resolution for a policy statement or action. Because Phelps believed this resolution was different, he asked County Attorney Randy Autio for his opinion.


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