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Re: All DPL candidates: DPL Term lengths and limits?

Hi Brian,

On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 07:54:50PM -0400, Brian Gupta wrote:
> I know this has been raised in elections past, but any thoughts on the
> current one-year DPL terms, and unlimited terms allowed? If thoughts
> are geared toward change do you have any plans to actively try to
> change the status quo?

I don't. There's been quite a bit of talk of this in the past, including
limiting to two years, but it seems to me that the issues here aren't
reflected in what happens in practice.

Firstly, you have Branden, who for unfortunate circumstances had to
divert his attention away from the project during his term. The issue
there wasn't one that would be solved by a term limit. The flip-side is
Stefano, who served for three terms fantastically. I wouldn't want to
restrict this unnecessarily.

The main reason for trying to put a term limit in place is usually to
make sure that people other than the incumbent stand a fair chance of
election, as the DPL has a higher profile than others. We shall have to
wait for the outcome of this election to see if that's an issue :)

For the length, I think there's a large risk of 'scaring away' any
candidates - DPL is quite a commitment and I think a two year term (even
though my election to being a Councillor was for four!) could be seen as
a major issue for people. As you mentioned, it would be possible to have
a shorter candidate statement, but at this point, if there's people who
wish to run against the DPL anyway, I think that they should be allowed
to do so.


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