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Charter Commission
2005-2006

Donn M. Takaki
Chair

Jeffrey T. Mikulina
Vice Chair

James C. Pacopac
Secretary

Jim Myers
Treasurer
 

Andrew I.T. Chang
Gerald L. Coffee

E. Gordon Grau, Ph.D.

Amy H. Hirano

Jared N. Kawashima

Darolyn H. Lendio

Stephen E. Meder, Arch.D.

Jan N. Sullivan

Malcolm J. Tom

Chuck T. Narikiyo
Executive Administrator

 

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Charter Question 2

On the November 2006 ballot:  If Charter Question 1 is approved, which proposal relating to Councilmember terms should be adopted?

  • ALTERNATIVE A. Term limits for Councilmembers and the staggering of Councilmembers' terms shall be eliminated.
  • ALTERNATIVE B. Councilmembers shall be limited to serving a maximum of three consecutive four-year terms, and the staggering of Councilmember terms shall be eliminated.

Vote A or B

Digest of the proposed amendment

Note:  Whether you voted "yes" or "no" on the previous question, you may still cast a vote on this question.  If the previous question passes, then the new system will be determined by the result of the vote on this question.  If the previous question does NOT pass, then the result of the vote on this question will not take effect.

Present:  City Council members and the Mayor are currently limited to two consecutive four-year terms.  Councilmembers' terms are staggered, so that five of the seats are elected in one election, and the other four seats are elected in the next election two years later.

If ALTERNATIVE A is selected:

  • Staggering of Councilmember terms would be eliminated, so that all seats would be up for election in the same year.
  • Council term limits would be eliminated; Councilmembers may be re-elected without limit on number of terms served.
  • The term limit for the Mayor would not be changed.

If ALTERNATIVE B is selected:

  • Staggering of Councilmember terms would be eliminated, so that all seats would be up for election in the same year.
  • Council term limits would be extended, so that Councilmembers may serve up to three consecutive four-year terms.
  • Councilmember terms already served would not count toward the limit, so current incumbents would be eligible for an additional three consecutive four-year terms.
  • The term limit for the Mayor would not be changed.

Full text of the proposed amendment:

 Question 2 - Proposed Amendment Full Text (PDF)


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