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KSLA News 12 Editorial: October 14th-Term Limits

How long should politicians be allowed to stay in office? Two years? Six years? Forever?

There is a proposal before the voters in Caddo Parish to extend the number of consecutive terms a parish commissioner can serve. If passed, it would allow commissioners to stay in office up to 20 consecutive years. Currently, they can only serve a maximum of 12 years straight.

The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce opposes extending the time. In its opposition, the chamber board writes,"Public service is intended to be an opportunity for citizens to serve their community for a limited period of time. We do not believe that public service, as an elected official, is meant to be a lifetime career."

Good point. The election is Saturday.

I'm James Smith.

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