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Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Term Limits for County Council

Last week, Montgomery County voters approved term limits for the Montgomery County Executive and Councilmembers by a two-to-one margin.

The ballot referendum which was pushed by Montgomery County resident and often Council candidate Robin Ficker was approved by a 69.9 percent of the voters.

The Term Limits Question which was Question B on last Tuesday’s Ballot asked residents if the County should amend sections 105 and 202 of the County Charter to “limit the County Executive and members of the County Council to three consecutive terms in office.” That portion of the question will limit future Councilmembers and County Executives to three terms.

The second portion of that question called for the “County Executive and any member of the County Council who will have served three or more consecutive terms on December 3, 2018, cannot serve another successive term in the same office and --provide that service of a term includes complete service of a full term and partial service of a full term.”

The overwhelming passage of this question, with 335,655 Montgomery County voters voting for amending the County Charter, to just 37,616 voting against, means that five of the current nine members of the County Council are not eligible to return to the same spots on County Council when their terms are up.

Of course, the passage of the Term Limits question would mean that County Executive Ike Leggett could also not seek re-election. However, Leggett announced last month that he would not be seeking re-election.

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