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Deal OKs Changes to Terms for Mayor and Council

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal approved the change in length of terms and limits for Lawrenceville lawmakers.

 

The City of Lawrenceville will be holding fewer elections in the future. signed into law changes to the City's charter, allowing for the mayor and city council members to hold four year terms instead of the current two year terms. 

was not available for comment, but noted in a previous that this does not mean the current seat holders will automatically extend their terms. The change will go into effect with the November elections when residents will vote for Posts 1 and 2, seats currently held by and , as well as for Mayor.

Councilwoman Beiser believes the change will be good for Lawrenceville. "I think the four year terms will benefit the city because it will allow for longer range planning for visions of what can be planned for the city and completed in a four year term," said Beiser in an email to Lawrenceville Patch. "Many new projects take approximately three to four years to complete."

Beiser also said lengthening the terms will allow council members and the mayor to focus more time on the needs of the city rather than . "Candidates who serve two year terms are having to plan their re-election campaign after one and one half years in office. It takes two years to really learn all the rules and regulations (state and City) governing manicipalities," said Beiser. "Four year terms allow the council person to apply all that energy for three and a half years."

The change in the charter also applies term limits to Lawrenceville legislators. Both the mayor and city council members will be allowed to serve no more than 12 consecutive years in office.

Do you think lengthening the terms and instilling limits will benefit or hurt the City of Lawrenceville? Click the comments icon below and tell us what you think.

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