US Term Limits Slam Brevard County Commissioner Curt Smith’s Sneak Attack on Term Limits

Smith announced the plan late Tuesday evening without public notice

LOOK: Governor Ron DeSantis weighed in on term limits by voicing his support for an 8-year term limit over 12 years and writing “no elected office, whether federal or local, is ever better when it is run by career politicians”.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – US Term Limits, the nation’s oldest and largest pro-term limit group, is calling on all Brevard County residents to oppose Commissioner Curt Smith’s new plan to extend the tenure of county commissioners from 8 to 12 years.

Smith announced the plan late Tuesday evening without public notice. Council will vote on the matter at its meeting on Thursday, August 18 at 5 p.m.

“It’s just plain shameful to launch a sneak attack on people’s term limits without notice,” said Nick Tomboulides, a Cocoa resident who is also executive director of US Term Limits.

“Eviscerating term limits benefits no one except power-drunk politicians. If Commissioner Smith still has any respect for the voters who elected him, he will immediately rescind this self-serving proposal.

“It’s just plain shameful to launch a sneak attack on people’s term limits without notice,” said Nick Tomboulides, a Cocoa resident who is also executive director of US Term Limits. “Eviscerating term limits benefits no one except power-drunk politicians. If Commissioner Smith still has any respect for the voters who elected him, he will immediately rescind this self-serving proposal.

In May, the 15-member Brevard Charter Review Commission — which exists to make recommendations on matters such as term limits — rejected a proposal identical to Smith’s. This raises the new question of why the county has advice like Charter Review if the commissioners ultimately don’t listen to it.

Additionally, a 2022 poll by respected pollster Remington Research found that 82% of Brevard voters support maintaining the Commission’s current 8-year limit while rejecting any proposal that would change the limit to 12 years.

Governor Ron DeSantis has also weighed in on this issue, expressing his support for 8-year term limits out of 12 years and writing “no elected office, whether federal or local, is ever better off when it’s run by career politicians”.

“It is not only absurd but quite insulting that local officials would claim that they need more time in office than the President of the United States,” Tomboulides added. “If eight years is enough for the leader of the free world, it’s certainly enough for Brevard County.”

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