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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 04/06/2011

At-large candidates support term limits

During a candidate forum Monday in Chevy Chase, seven of the nine candidates running for the at-large seat on the D.C. Council announced that they’d be willing to fire themselves after two terms if they were to win the April 26 Special Election.

The statements came in response to a question from a member of the audience, who asked whether the recent scandals in D.C. government hint that elected officials should be term-limited. District residents overwhelmingly voted in favor of term limits for council members in 1994, only to have the option undone by the D.C. Council in 2001.

Bryan Weaver answered first, noting that he voted for term limits in the 1994 referendum and would limit himself to two terms on the council, or eight years in office. He did add a caveat, though -- he wants term limits for specific seats but doesn’t think eight years in a ward-based council seat should preclude someone from running for an at-large seat or council chair.

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Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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