ROCKVILLE -- County residents expressed support and opposition for the upcoming term limit referendum at Wednesday’s Charter Review Commission meeting, a day after the Montgomery County Board of Elections approved a term limit referendum for the November ballot.
The County Charter Review Commission, which was asked to give a response to the proposed referendum, listened as members of the public spoke on the matter.
“Public service ceases to be such when the service’s primary focus is not on the service to the citizens but rather doing anything he or she deems necessary to stay in office,” said Hessie Harris, a resident who spoke in favor of term limits at the meeting.
“In such case, instead of serving the public, the legislative body serves the political and special interest as necessary for re-election. Hence in this regard, the so-called public servants are always campaigning and the decisions made and actions taken reflect that fact.”
Local resident Paul Geller said term limits are a bad idea because they limit voters’ choices,
“What if I told you I agree in this room and we should have term limits in a way,” Geller said. “We already do, it's called elections, it's called voting. Every four years we are given the opportunity to vote people out of office or vote people in office whether they are incumbents or whether they are people who have been around a good long time. I find legislation like this to be absolutely dangerous.”