2019 » General Municipal Election » City of Seminole Charter Amendments
No. 1 Charter Amendment – Providing Clarified Residency Requirements for Council Members Prior to Qualifying and Retention while in Office
Shall Section 3.01 of the City of Seminole Charter be amended to require City Council members to have been electors and residents of the City of Seminole for one year immediately prior to qualifying and to retain residency in the City throughout their term in office or forfeit their seat?
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This amendment is intended to clarify the residency requirement for Council candidates by specifying that they must be registered voters who reside in the city of Seminole one year immediately prior to qualifying for office, and adds the requirement that residency must be continuous throughout the term of office. In general, this helps to ensure that Council members are and will remain vested in the community they serve. This policy also protects against the ability of outside interests to potentially influence local government with the goal of advancing private agendas which may not benefit the community as a whole.
A "yes" vote would...
Revise the City Charter language to spell out candidate residency requirements both before and after elections. This would help to ensure that candidates remain invested members of the community throughout their term in office.
A "no" vote would...
Fail to clarify the specific residency requirements for Council candidates, potentially allowing the election of a council member who may have lived in Seminole in the past but who no longer lives in the city and/or the election of a council member who could continue to serve a term of office even after moving out of Seminole.
- Seminole Charter Review Board
- Seminole City Council
To date, the League of Women Voters is unaware of any published statements of opposition