Citizens Group Will Seek Term Limits for Officials of Tracy, Calif.

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Groups says measure will make municipal officials “more responsive, closer to the people.”

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Local citizens and community activists have joined forces to qualify a ballot measure that would impose term limits on municipal officials of Tracy, California, located near the heart of the state in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. More than 40 cities in the state have previously enacted limits on the number of terms a public official may serve in office.

“It’s time for a change. And why not start in Tracy?” said Staycee Hall, spokesperson for the ballot drive. Another activist involved in the campaign, Clif Schofield, added, “Traffic, crime and other quality of life issues are out of control. Term limits are good for democracy and are one of the very best ways to bring new ideas to the table on how to deal with these issues.”

The proposed measure would limit the total years that any Tracy City Council Member or Mayor may serve to 2 terms of either 2 or 4 years as defined by the elected office. Under this initiative, a Council Member could be elected to serve 8 years, then 4 more years if elected as Mayor.

Municipal term limits are the most prevalent, component of the term limit movement. Dating back to 1851, local limits have spread across the country, passing by an average of 70 percent of the vote, even higher than national averages for congressional and state legislative limits.

The Tracy initiative coincides with the California Legislature considering a modification to the states’ term limits law (Proposition 140), which was passed in 1990. Other subsequent ballot measures to weaken California’s term limits law have been overwhelmingly defeated by voters.

Paul Jacob, Senior Fellow and Board Member of U.S. Term Limits, added, “We support this essential local effort in Tracy.” He added, "While term limits is continually threatened by politicians in California, we are glad to see so many grassroots activists continue to campaign for these limits at the local level."

The initiative needs approximately 4000 signatures to qualify for the November 2008 ballot. U.S. Term Limits was founded in 1992 and has been a leading force for limited government. Fifteen states have term limits on their legislatures and the term limits movement has become one of the largest grassroots movements in American history.

Background on Municipal Term Limits:

http://www.termlimits.org/Current_Info/microcosm/index.html

California Cities that have already enacted term limits:

http://www.termlimits.org/Current_Info/microcosm/california.html

Contact:                                                                                        

Paul Jacob

U. S. Term Limits

73 Spring Street, Suite #408

1852 West 11th Street, #150

703-580-7130

New York, NY 10012

http://www.ustermlimits.org

Staycee Hall

Tracy Term Limits

Tracy, CA 95376-3736                    

916-248-8968

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