Term Limits for Mayor of Jackson

Our founding fathers understood that public service was just that, service for the public good.

Roy Moore

Position of service were never supposed to be a professional job or occupation loaded with fringe benefits and emoluments unworthy of such service. Nevertheless, many serving in our local branches of government in today no longer reflect a servant’s mentality. Some area’s of public office has become a full time job together with expense accounts, salaries, staff, and many other benefits.

And those serving today in position of power have become accustomed to the influence of special interest lobbyists who provide meals, entertainment, and other favors not commonly associated with public service. But nothing is free and lobbyists acting on behalf of their own special interest, expect and subsequently receive undue consideration on issues which come before the legislative bodies. Political office holder are always anxious to please those who treat them with such unusual generosity, often moving legislation written by those who nurture a close relationship.

“In free governments the rulers are the servants, and the people their superiors and sovereigns. For the former, therefore, to return among the latter is not to degrade, but to promote them.

Benjamin Franklin 

Influence seekers, who outnumber those in elected positions of by a 6 to 1 margin, have far more influence over laws passed by those in office than does the ordinary citizen. The laws which are passed are most often in the best interest of a special interest group and not the people that the laws effect.

Such a system was never envisioned by those who wrote our Constitution. There is one way to address this problem is by consecutive term limits.

Term limits effectively reduce the extent to which special interest has control over the legislature by eliminating long term relationships between the legislator and lobbyist. By requiring regular changes in the makeup of the legislature it is more difficult for a particular special interest to establish control over a significant number of legislators.

“Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interest of his constituents as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burden.”

George Mason, the Father of our Bill of Rights

Therefore I suggest that the following be sent to council for a vote. If you agree send the following to your Jackson City Councilman or woman.

I. Term Limits – Mayor

To submit the following question, for the council consideration, be added to the next availableballot for decision by the voters via referendum and if passed that it be sent on to the Tennessee General Assembly as a request in a Private Act to amend the Chapter 101 of the Private Acts of 1993; and any other acts amendatory hereto, relative to the Charter of the City of Jackson, Tennessee to limit the terms of office of the elected Officers of the City of Jackson.

Section 1. Chapter 101 of Private Acts of 1993, and all other acts amendatory thereto, by inserting the following paragraph in Section 3 under the Heading of Elections of the Charter of the City of Jackson, Tennessee. The following shall be added to the ballot:

Shall the code of the City of Jackson be amended to add the following Charter Admendment?

The mayor shall not serve more than two (2) full consecutive terms of 4 years each or 8 years in total. Service prior to the passage of this measure shall  count in the determining length of service.

YES    NO

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