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Key West Palm Beach commissioners now oppose revisiting term limits on November ballot

by George Bennett | August 6th, 2010

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WEST PALM BEACH — Chances that term-limited Mayor Lois Frankel can run for a third term in 2011 took a hit today.

City Commissioners Jeri Muoio and Kimberly Mitchell now say they oppose putting a question on the November ballot asking voters if they want to extend the mayoral limits from two terms to three. Muoio and Mitchell had been sympathetic to putting the question before voters on the general election ballot.

With Commissioner Molly Douglas also opposed, that means at least three of five commissioners are against setting a referendum on extending term limits for the mayor. If voters don’t approve a change to the city charter, Frankel can’t seek a third term in March.

Both Douglas and Muoio have opened campaigns for mayor, but there was speculation Muoio would step aside if Frankel were a candidate. Mitchell is also the subject of frequent mayoral speculation.

If commissioners don’t put a question on the ballot, supporters can force a referendum by collecting about 5,800 signatures. But a petition drive launched last month appears to be short of the goal, and county Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher has said she needs to have signatures verified and language approved by Aug. 20.

Yet another possibility is that the petition drive misses the Aug. 20 deadline but comes up with enough signatures later and forces a special election that could cost up to $100,000.

That scenario led Muoio and Mitchell to say they’d prefer a November referendum rather than paying for a special election.

But Muoio’s campaign released a statement today saying she has concluded “it is not clear if a special election could actually be implemented between the November 2010 election and before January 2011.”

January is when West Palm Beach candidates qualify for the March ballot.

“I didn’t want a costly special election that would burden the tax payers. Also, city commissioners’ voting on this initiative does not seem ethical and the whole process seems rushed,” Muoio said in a statement released by her campaign consultant.

Mitchell noted that the petition drive appears to be short of its goal.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that by the absence of signatures, the people are speaking…The silence is deafening,” Mitchell said.

A spokesman for the group gathering petitions could not immediately be reached this afternoon.

Frankel wasn’t immediately reachable either.

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18 Responses to “Key West Palm Beach commissioners now oppose revisiting term limits on November ballot”

  1. Let Process Continue Don't Circumvent Says:

    Let Lois garner the signatures needed. IF she can’t then it doesn’t go forward.

    The elected leaders need to let the process work, instead of trying to circumvent the public.

    Jerry should run; Jeri needs to stop letting her chain be yanked. It does not look good for any future leadership she would provide if she bows down to Frankel’s need for a third term.

    Jeri, you look weak doing that.

  2. Trotting Turtle Says:

    I Love It!! Time for the Mayor, I mean Clarence, to unveil Plan D. And remember, folks, if there’s any threats, go see the State Attorney.

  3. Self-Dealer Club Says:

    This flip flopping is typical of Palm Beach County/WPB low grade political candidates….all flunkies for really bad attorneys that just are jerking the people around like crazy.

    Our local leadership is a pitiful embarassment to anything resembling responsible community leadership and duty.

    Self-Dealers. All of them.

  4. Ed Fulop Says:

    Public service is supposed to be a burden, that someone agrees to “carry” for a few years, gladly passing it on to another person willing to bear it for a while, and then they GO HOME and GO BACK to their lives and their families. There is no RULING CLASS in our society, and no person is bigger than any job that they choose to undertake. Mayor Frankel — Thank you for your service, go with God.

  5. Sid Dinerstein Says:

    It is a huge insult to the voters in WPBeach that any elected official would even consider overturning the very clear Term Limit choice that was made.Instead of spending our time trying to manipulate the voters why don’t we search for more viable candidates?

    Sid

  6. Wpb guy Says:

    She will get the signatures since she is using paid signature gatherers. The voters wont be deciding! Just ask them if they are getting paid? What is the deal with Clarence?

  7. Philip Blumel Says:

    This is good news. Public officials responding to a clear expression of the public will is a vindication of the system. Thank you, Jeri, Molly, Kimberly and, yes, Ike.

    One important point: the petition drive cannot force a special election. The only way a special election would be held is if the city commission *chose* to hold one or, perhaps more far-fetched, if the mayor sued the city and a judge forced the election (on what basis, I couldn’t guess).

    If the signatures are collected and turned in past the deadline (essentially today, but there is apparently some wiggle room until Aug. 20) then the referendum would appear on the regularly scheduled March election ballot.

  8. Eric Says:

    After watching yet another commissioner
    get arrested this week, how could any thinking person believe that we don’t NEED term limits?

    ESPECIALLY here in corruption county!

  9. wpbtonzlewis Says:

    She needs 2 gracefully abandon this. Lois you look like a narcissit. Also is it legal 4 her to be handing out certificates for free sandwiches to Chick-fil-a?? Ran into a couple of local voters who handed them in at the local store saying Mayor Frankel gave them to them. They said they thought it was a low $ bribe. I want to know if it is legal & who paid for the certificates!

  10. Chasing Scott Says:

    Shame on you all. Mayor Frankel is a dear and generous friend. One of the Police Captains that took the buyout made $177,000 Dollars last year! Didn’t you feel divinely safe in 2009? I myself have enjoyed the mayor’s generosity of YOUR money. You see, seven years ago I was chasing Brian, Michael and of course, Scott in bars up and down Duval Street in Kew West. Thats went I met her. The Lois. Sitting there at the bar, depressed and shaken because the face lift hadn’t taken. We drank for hours on end when she all of a sudden offered me the position of Press Secretary making 6 large a year. I went absolutely GaGa. I did. I jumped up and hollered with all my might, Hi, I’m the mayor’s secretary! Press this baby! Its raining men…Thank God it’s Friday, Friday, FRIDAY!!!

  11. Larry Hunt Says:

    Why you are all sitting on your fat asses blogging behind phony names, Mayor Frankel has made wpb one of the best cities in the country. If the biggest criticism of her is that she wants to continue to serve her constituents she should wear it with a badge of honor. The commissioners are protecting their own careers. don’t they realize they can’t all be mayor?

  12. Ed Fulop Says:

    No alias here Larry. Frankel has done some good stuff, you are right, but are you ready to completely circumvent the law and install her as queen for life? She took her turn, she left things better than she found them (for the most part), now its time for her to move on. No one is indispensible — most of all politicians.

  13. Larry Hunt Says:

    The people should decide the law not the politicians. Most cities do not limit their voters. Even in PBC we do not have term limits for sherriff, or state attorney, or tax collector, etc. Let the voters of wpb decide the rules.

  14. Philip Blumel Says:

    >>>Why you are all sitting on your fat asses blogging behind phony names, Mayor Frankel has made wpb one of the best cities in the country.<<<

    This is not about Mayor Frankel who is, by the way, permitted to run again after sitting out a term. The issue is not about one politician or one election, but the form of government of our city. Term limits encourage rotation in office, competitive elections, broading community participation and knowledge of local government and discouraging official arrogance and corruption. We can’t throw the city overboard to benefit a single politician whether we love her or not. Nor should we short circuit the citizen initiative process to do so. The same rules should apply to all.

    See http://www.wpbtermlimits.blogspot.com, where I blog under my real name. Also, I am not fat!

  15. Anglo Saxon-American Says:

    If WPB is “one of the best cities in the country” the country is more terrible shape than I thought. The only grace is the Palm Beach Wannabees who over-pay for condos while drooling across Lake Worth. Without these folks WPB would be slum and home to over-aged hippies who weren’t cool in the sixties and certainly are not now.

    Frankel is a good figure head for this place and “The Palm Beach Post” is excellent in supporting the effete, failed social issues of displaced North Eaterners.

  16. Lawrence Says:

    Rumor has it committee has thousands of signatures just not 5800 yet. commissioners will be embarrassed and be forced to explain to voters why question is not on ballot. watch when those 5800 show up in march election. commissioners are toast.

  17. pb Says:

    >>>Rumor has it committee has thousands of signatures just not 5800 yet. commissioners will be embarrassed and be forced to explain to voters why question is not on ballot. watch when those 5800 show up in march election.<<<

    They won’t be embarrassed. If the signatures are collected, the vote will be held. That’s how the system works. The important thing is that the rules are not bent just to benefit the mayor.

  18. william h. etheridge Says:

    SHE NEED TO GO ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS LOOK AT HER RECORD :
    SHE LIED ABOUT THE COST OF CITY HALL BUILDING AND PARKING LOT BUILDING.
    SHE DID NOT ASK THE VOTER ON THIS PROJECT
    THE COST SHE SAID WAS$50 MILLION DOLLARS, BUT THE REAL COST WAS $ 150 MILLION DOLLARS. QUESTION : TO ME SOMEONE IS GETTING A LOT OF KICKBACK ON THE PROJECT????

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