Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Ballot Proposal To Extend Terms In Office

Jul 7, 2016

City of Ann Arbor Seal
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Just how long should the mayor and city council members serve in Ann Arbor?  That question will be addressed at Thursday night's Ann Arbor City Council meeting


Right now,  elected council representatives and the mayor serve two year terms. Tonight, council will decide if it wants to ask voters to approve a move to four-year terms on the November ballot.  

1st Ward city councilwoman Sabra Briere says it could ultimately prove beneficial to the residents of Ann Arbor. 

"I will tell you that it would be a lot easier for us to have council members who were there for four years, because it takes a least a year--sometimes two--for many council members to become productive."

Council will also consider an amendment to the city charter  that would establish a non-partisan nomination and election process  city council and the mayor's office. 

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— Jorge Avellan is the Ann Arbor beat reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu