Duluth's Two-Term Limit Proposal Voted Down by Charter Commission

By KBJR News 1

July 10, 2013 Updated Jul 10, 2013 at 10:27 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A proposed amendment to Duluth's City Charter setting term limits for elected officials has been voted down.

Wednesday's vote by the Charter Commission means Duluth Mayor and City Councilors elect will not be limited to two terms in office.

Last week, Charter Commission member Eli Miletich and Mayor Don Ness had a passionate debate over whether Duluth should limit terms of office for Mayor and City Council to no more than two.

Former Duluth Police Chief Eli Miletich, said it would be a good plan to generate more community involvement and perspective within for city offices.

Mayor Ness responded and agreed to a discussion on term limits, but said that Miletich's proposal was motivated by personal feelings over the city's decision, under Ness's leadership, to reduce the pension benefits for many city retirees, including the former chief.

On Wednesday, the commission voted 11 to 1, not to bring an amendment change to the city council and public for vote. Miletich was the only commissioner in favor of the proposal.

"For too long we have tolerated professional politicians in comfortable chairs, but what you saw today was an exercise in democracy, it was shot down," said Charter Commission member, Eli Miletich.

Miletich voted for the proposal to be tabled for further public and council discussion, the motion was denied.

Political term limits, have for the most part, become a thing of the past, currently there are no known Minnesota Mayor's or City Council's under term limits.

Miletich said he would not seek another term on the Charter Commission at the end of this term, saying he's sticking to his own two-term policy. His current term ends in 2015.

Jeremy Brickley