Lincoln and Omaha Mayors Speak Against Term Limit Vote

October 4, 2018 - 2:31pm

Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler, a Democrat, and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, a Republican, held a joint news conference Thursday to speak against an effort to place term limits on the mayoral office in Lincoln.

An initiative gained enough signatures from registered voters to put the issue before voters in the November election.

The proposal, if approved, would effectively prevent Beutler from running for re-election in 2019, and sets a three-term limit for future mayors. Supporters say the limit keeps a legislative check on the power of Lincoln’s mayoral office.

With some Democrats calling for similar action directed against the Republican mayor in Omaha, Stothert joined Beutler in denouncing the term limit initiative as a "partisan weapon" aimed at current officeholders and not the office.

“This is not a term limit proposal; this is a ‘limit Mayor Beutler’ proposal,” Stothert said.

Beutler said he would respect a term limit initiative if it weren’t applied retroactively.

“If Lincoln, Omaha or any other Nebraska community wants term limits, then let’s take the time to do it right," he said. "Let’s put together a proposal that focuses on good policy – not on beating a political opponent at all costs.”

League of Municipalities Director Lynn Rex added the amendment would discourage future candidates from running for office.



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