Philadelphia City Councilman Allan Domb believes his job should come with an expiration date.
A resolution Domb introduced Thursday would impose one. It would change the City Charter to limit a Council member to three consecutive four-year terms, or 12 years. If it passes, the measure would be placed on the May 19 primary ballot for voters to decide.
“You’d have new people coming in,” said Domb, who is running for a second term. “Fresh ideas, new energy. It could possibly increase diversity in candidates, create a more engaging democratic process ...and might really hold officials accountable.”
Of the 10 district incumbents running for reelection this year, five would be ineligible if those term limits had existed when they were first elected. Two members, Brian O’Neill and Jannie Blackwell, have held their seats for more than 25 years. Council President Darrell L. Clarke has had his for 19 years.