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July 6, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Include term limits in public financing

Cynicism and disgust are my conclusions after reading that the Seattle City Council decided to defer the ballot measure for public financing, to a time when the public could more easily be swayed to approve it [“Public financing of city elections won’t be on November ballot,” Politics Northwest, June 30]. (The measure was already rejected in a previous election.)

A better solution for fairer elections that don’t favor incumbents is to insist that term limits be part of any public financing. The newly elected (and publicly financed) official could either: serve two four-year terms or one six-year term, and is then done and gone; or serve a set period of time in office, then he or she must sit out the second election cycle.

This format for fairness would guarantee the addition of fresh oxygenated water to the council’s management pool.

Tom Ruszala, Seattle

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