Charlotte Talks: Should Charlotte's City Council Move From Two-Year To Four-Year Terms?

Nov 27, 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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Charlotte City Council is considering four-year terms, but a recent poll indicates Charlotteans are overwhelmingly opposed. We hear from two council members on opposite sides of this debate.

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Charlotte's City Council is considering whether to extend the terms for council members from two years to four years. Voters could be asked to approve longer term lengths in a referendum next year.

But a recent poll indicates that Charlotteans overwhelmingly oppose the idea of extending the council's term length. When the Mecklenburg County Commission tried to do the same thing in 2015, voters rejected the idea.

Charlotte city council members Julie Eiselt and Ed Driggs in Charlotte Talks' Spirit Square studio.
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Council members in favor of longer terms argue they aren't able to get much work done before having to turn around and run for re-election. Detractors argue longer terms could reduce accountability and make it harder for voters to oust ineffective members.

We talk with council members Julie Eiselt and Ed Driggs who are on opposite sides of this issue about what they see as the pluses and minuses of doubling the length of the council term.

Guests

Julie Eiselt, Mayor Pro Tem and Charlotte City Councilmember At-Large. She supports four-year terms.

Ed Driggs, Charlotte City Councilmember District 7 Representative. He does not support four-year terms.