August 1st, 2022
Contact: Aaron Dukette, U.S. Term Limits
Phone: (859) 779-0181
U.S. Term Limits Joins Memphis Leader in Opposition to Referendum Lengthening Term Limits
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the national, non-partisan movement to limit terms for elected officials, voiced opposition to the Memphis City referendum seeking to lengthen the number of terms Memphis city council members and mayors can serve. The referendum question will be on the ballot this Thursday, August 4th. If approved, the measure would lengthen the number of terms a mayor or city council member could serve to three four-year terms. The current term limit that voters overwhelmingly established in 2008 limits these officials to two four-year terms.
“The voters have twice before voted to keep the current term limits in place in Memphis and Shelby County,” commented Van Turner, former Chairman of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners and President of the Memphis NAACP. “The only reason I was able to be elected to office was because of term limits, and now that I am term limited on the County Commission, other great leaders coming behind me will have the opportunity to serve. This is why I am urging voters to vote ‘No’ on the current referendum.”
USTL Central Regional Director Aaron Dukette, commented on the referendum saying, “Voters know that term limits are a good idea at any level of government, including the municipal level. Fresh voices are the lifeblood of good governance. Therefore, U.S. Term Limits fully opposes this referendum question and supports the term limits already established by the voters years ago.”
U.S. Term Limits is the largest grassroots term limits advocacy group in the country. We connect term limits supporters with their legislators and work to pass term limits on all elected officials, particularly on the U.S. Congress. Find out more at termlimits.org.