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Lafourche voters to decide on term limits for council, parish president

Lafourche voters to decide on term limits for council, parish president

Lafourche voters will decide Dec. 10 whether to limit parish presidents' and council members' terms in office.

The Parish Council voted 8-1 Tuesday night to send the issue to voters.

If approved, council members could serve up to three consecutive four-year terms. Parish presidents could serve up to two consecutive terms. The measure would take effect with terms that begin in 2020.

Proponents contend term limits ensure new members with different plans and ideas can get elected, some arguing that political office was never meant to be a career.

Daniel Lorraine, in his ninth term and 33rd year representing south Lafourche on the council, cast the sole dissenting vote. He said voters already have the right to limit candidates' terms and mandating limits takes away choices.

Under the proposal, council members or parish presidents who reach the maximum number of consecutive terms could run again after sitting out four years.