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Tampa City Council will look at term limits

A debate over an election law proposed by City Council member Charlie Miranda Thursday resulted in a decision to review term limits. Miranda had suggested that council members who resign to run for office in November and lose should be forbidden from trying to rejoin the council during the city's March elections. If the rule were in effect now, it would apply to John Dingfelder and Linda Saul-Sena, who are running for Hillsborough County Commission. The conversation got testy after Miranda implied office holders have a duty to fullfill their terms and, seeing the votes stacked against him, accused someone of lobbying against the proposal behind his back. Council member Mary Mulhern called Miranda's charges "insulting."

And Council chairman Tom Scott, who is seeking to become Tampa's first black mayor, was rattled by Miranda's claim that incumbents always have an "unfair advantage." Deeply somber, the two-time county commissioner said: “I announced I was going to run for mayor and you ought to hear some of the things that were said to me. I don’t want to even begin talking about disadvantages and insults and threats.” 

Dingfelder responded:  "Shame, shame on anybody in this community for being ugly toward you in your
attempts to run for mayor. I'm not saying who we support and who we don't support. I love you, Tom, and that's not the issue. If people are being ugly in this town, then shame on them. They do not represent the majority of this community."  Read the whole story here.

Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:35pm]


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