Duluth Mayor Fights Publicly Against Term Limit Proposal

Posted at: 07/03/2013 5:31 PM
Updated at: 07/03/2013 10:38 PM

A member of Duluth's Charter Commission is pitching a plan to create term limits for city councilors and the mayor. That has the mayor fighting back very publicly on his Facebook page.

The proposal comes from Eli Miletich, a former Duluth police chief. If it passes, Mayor Don Ness wouldn't be allowed to run for a third term in 2015.

In the proposal, Miletich said the limits will "encourage citizen participation in city government by way of having broader involvement in administration, and direction in the affairs of the city."

Responding on Facebook, Ness says Miletich is "using his position on the Charter Commission to accomplish his political goal of removing me from office by changing the rules."

Ness said Miletich is resentful that the city took on a retiree healthcare problem that threatened to bankrupt Duluth.

Ness asked for "likes" on his Facebook post to send a message to the Charter Commission to vote against the proposal. On Wednesday morning, Ness had more than 1,600.

The Charter Commission takes up the term limit proposal in their meeting next Wednesday.