Local GOP chair clarifies comments on term limits
BRECKENRIDGE – The chair of the Summit County Republican Central Committee said Wednesday her strong comments about keeping term limits are hers, and not those of the party, and despite her sentiments, she believes the current incumbents in county elected offices are doing a good job.
But GOP Chair Marty Ferris is not backing away from her general belief that the current limit of three terms for county elected offices should stand.
Tuesday, Sheriff Joe Morales, Assessor Denise Steiskal, Coroner Joanne Richardson and County Clerk Cheri Brunvand asked the Board of County Commissioners to place a Nov. 4 ballot question that would abolish term limits.
In Wednesday’s Summit Daily News, Ferris said, “It needs to be left as it is. It is time for those people to take a hike. Elected office is not supposed to be a person’s job for a whole career.”
Ferris’ quote stirred up Republicans who objected to their party chair’s strong language, even though she had termed her thoughts her own opinion, not the party’s.
Wednesday, Ferris released the following statement:
“This is my personal opinion and not the opinion of the Republican Central Committee in any way. Discussion was held on this subject at our July (Central Committee) meeting, but no vote was taken of the members of the committee.
“I am in favor of term limits, and I think that we should leave them as is.
“I also believe elected officials should serve for whatever terms the voters elect them to office, subject to term limits. Then, they should move on to the next stage of their careers and not try to make elected office their career. I think there are many good people who have the potential to serve in elected office, but won’t run against an incumbent.
“It is not because I think our local elected officials are doing a bad job. I think they are doing a fine job. I just think they should serve their terms and then give someone else a chance to serve. I fully support our local elected officials and will continue to do so as long as they are in office.”
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