Sunday, April 26, 2015

Kenney wants to expand 'resign to run' for all elected officials

In 2006 Councilman Jim Kenney tried to push a charter change that would allow city officials to remain in office while running for another city office. But, voters shot down that effort.

Kenney wants to expand 'resign to run' for all elected officials

Updated: To include correction on current "Resign to run" rule

In 2006 Councilman Jim Kenney tried to push a charter change that would allow city officials to remain in office while running for any public office.

But, voters shot down that effort.

Today, Kenney introduced an amendment to the city’s Home Rule Charter that would require any person who holds an elective public office other than a city office to resign before becoming a candidate for any city office, such as a congressmember running for Mayor.

“I think it’s appropriate that if you want to run for a city office and you hold a public office in another subdivision, state or federal… you should resign your office to run for a city office,” Kenney said, adding this would “level the playing field.”

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