The Harford County Council will consider legislation to give voters a referendum on limiting future council members to two consecutive four-year terms. If the Council approves the measure, voters will decide to approve or reject term limits during the 2022 General Election.
The legislation, proposed by County Executive Barry Glassman, would place the same two-term limit and provisions for council members that apply to the county executive.
Under the proposal, council members could serve two consecutive terms in their respective districts, then as council president for a maximum of two terms. The council president runs countywide, whereas council members run in individual councilmanic districts.
According to a County press release:
If approved, the two-term limit would begin with all council members elected in 2022, regardless of their prior terms served.
“I have been contacted by many constituents requesting that we place term limits for council members on the ballot in November 2022,” County Executive Glassman said. “In fact, I have always supported term limits and actually supported an effort many years ago when I served on the council as a way to include more citizens in public service.”