Should Hamtramck impose term limits for the mayor and city council?
That question will be going forward to Hamtramck voters in the near future.
We think that is a terrible idea. The elected officials would be limited to no more than three terms.
It seems to us that it is hard enough to find qualified candidates, and removing an experienced person just because they are termed out is a wasted opportunity. Besides, most Hamtramck elected officials really don’t hold office for terribly long.
The only person who has remained in office for a good length of time is Mayor Karen Majewski, who is in her 15th year.
She has been challenged by a number of candidates in the past, and has managed to remain in office.
Seems to us that a number of voters still support her.
And why shouldn’t they? Majewski has a wealth of knowledge, and has been an excellent ambassador for Hamtramck.
Ultimately, it’s up for voters to decide who remains in office.
Term limits are an artificial invention that serve no purpose at the local level.
If it were up to us, we would also get rid of term limits in the state legislature. All that has accomplished is to create a revolving door of candidates who have no experience, and are susceptible to the influence of lobbyists.
There is no problem with Hamtramck’s political structure – so why “fix” something that isn’t broken?
Posted June 4, 2021